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Do you think Barbra’s book will do well?

As it stands, Britney Spears’ book is on track to open with the biggest first week sales in history, beating Prince Harry. Babs is kinda irrelevant now. She walked too long.

by Anonymousreply 600November 17, 2023 10:10 PM

Her market demographic is retired boomers, who have all the time (and money?) in the world, so 47 hours of listening to or reading Barbra is a drop in the bucket. They will make it a huge nostalgic bestseller.

by Anonymousreply 1October 19, 2023 9:11 PM

[quote]She walked too long.

Where was James with the golfcart?

by Anonymousreply 2October 19, 2023 9:16 PM

I took the new Vanity Fair issue into work, the one with Barbra on the cover. My younger coworkers didn't even know who it was on the cover.

by Anonymousreply 3October 19, 2023 9:37 PM

They probably don't know what a magazine is either.

by Anonymousreply 4October 19, 2023 9:44 PM

*waited too long

by Anonymousreply 5October 19, 2023 9:52 PM

Not to be crude, but aren’t her diehard fans pretty much dead now? The woman is in her 80s. She takes forever to finish projects. She’s been MIA for long stretches of time, unlike someone like Cher who’s always out there. Babs is pretty much forgotten except for a few South Park jokes.

by Anonymousreply 6October 19, 2023 9:54 PM

Barbra should remake The Carpenter’s “Sing” and invite all of todays non-talents as the voices of the children’s chorus. It might even generate sales or “clicks” if that’s your thang.

by Anonymousreply 7October 19, 2023 10:10 PM

[quote]Babs is pretty much forgotten except for a few South Park jokes.


by Anonymousreply 8October 19, 2023 10:12 PM

I only know her as River Red the knife dancing freak.

by Anonymousreply 9October 19, 2023 10:17 PM

R6 lmao

by Anonymousreply 10October 19, 2023 10:17 PM

She sold out Madison Sq. Garden two years ago. Granted it was an older crowd but they were far from dead. I grew up with Babs and still listen to her stuff.

by Anonymousreply 11October 19, 2023 10:17 PM

She was never a serious actress

by Anonymousreply 12October 19, 2023 10:22 PM

Wait til you hear about all the babies I aborted !!! It's all in my book!

by Anonymousreply 13October 19, 2023 10:23 PM

“People” still watch “South Park”? It seems a little old fu. I think the youth have even moved beyond “Sponge Bob Square Pants”, if clues on “Jeopardy!” are any indication.

by Anonymousreply 14October 19, 2023 10:25 PM

Do you think she's going to write an interesting book? I kinda doubt it. People want Joan Collins grade bitchery.

by Anonymousreply 15October 19, 2023 10:28 PM

But Barbra has that heart wrenching story about how much she regrets not lowering the handkerchief from her face in that one scene in that movie she did fifty years ago which was really all the director’s fault and so that’s why she didn’t get an Oscar.

by Anonymousreply 16October 19, 2023 10:34 PM

She has both a B. Dalton and Books-A-Million in her mall. It'll be a best-seller.

by Anonymousreply 17October 19, 2023 10:35 PM

Yes, it will do well. The fans are still out there — not only in the US but all over the world.

by Anonymousreply 18October 19, 2023 10:36 PM

^ Max von Mayerling.

by Anonymousreply 19October 19, 2023 10:37 PM

[quote]Where was James with the golfcart?

On the way to the 19th hole! Bromance >>> romance!

by Anonymousreply 20October 19, 2023 10:40 PM

Did Babs fuck Omar Sharif and abort his child?

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by Anonymousreply 21October 19, 2023 10:47 PM

[Quote] As it stands, Britney Spears’ book is on track to open with the biggest first week sales in history, beating Prince Harry.

Sorry OP, but I need to see the receipts on this claim. I find it hard to believe.

by Anonymousreply 22October 19, 2023 11:36 PM

Have no idea. I sure as hell won’t read it

by Anonymousreply 23October 19, 2023 11:49 PM

Less than 24 hours after the “Gimme More” singer, 41, announced “The Woman in Me” will hit shelves on Oct. 24, the book has skyrocketed to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list with a price tag of $32.99.

by Anonymousreply 24October 19, 2023 11:52 PM

I heard Harvey Fierstein is voicing the audio book. Including songs from the last tour.

by Anonymousreply 25October 19, 2023 11:52 PM

[quote]Did Babs fuck Omar Sharif and abort his child?

That "abortion" was Jason SHARIF, bitches!

by Anonymousreply 26October 20, 2023 12:26 AM

I’d probably be bored to tears and fall asleep on page 2

by Anonymousreply 27October 20, 2023 12:28 AM

James and Jason are reportedly "deeply hurt and confused" by her decision to dedicate the book to herself, not them.

by Anonymousreply 28October 26, 2023 3:21 AM

My issue with Babs's book is that she wrote it, and lord knows nobody would dare edit it. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Babs on Babs, forever and ever and evah. Conversely, it's pretty clear that Britney didn't write a word of hers (presumably a team was on hand to catch and weave some modicum of sense out of avalanches of word salad), so I'm not reading that one either. Their stories would be fascinating if tackled by a skilled, unbiased biographer.

by Anonymousreply 29October 26, 2023 3:38 AM

Some poor editor at Viking managed to get it down from 1040 to 992 pages, but the rumor is that a chunk of that was removing the index.

by Anonymousreply 30October 26, 2023 3:47 AM

Hmmm, the most talented and successful and awarded female entertainer of her lifetime and perhaps ever. Went to the top of every entertainment genre, stayed there and has been a lifelong philanthropist and liberal Democrat activist. Redefined the image of a leading lady and one of the greatest singers of songs ever- idolized and studied by those that followed her.

Friend and peer to Presidents, cabinet officers, prime ministers and European royalty all while never abandoning her Brooklyn persona a Jewish heritage.

Really how could this woman be interesting? Surely Britney Spears bio is more relevant to people?

Jesus there are brain dead idiots on this thread.

PS, her 2016 tour sold out and in NYC and LA was attended by the crème of the music and entertainment industries. Wonder why?

by Anonymousreply 31October 26, 2023 4:16 AM

PS, I wouldn’t brag if you don’t know who she is. I’m sure you’re right up there with those who don’t know who their President and VP are-

by Anonymousreply 32October 26, 2023 4:18 AM

R28, she dedicated it to her mother I believe-

by Anonymousreply 33October 26, 2023 4:19 AM

[quote]Wonder why?

According to the grapevine, Babs was going to attempt to break the Guiness record of "Most Peanut M&Ms Inserted Up the Nose." Turned out just to be a rumor later to be found to be started by Streisand herself, to increase ticket sales. Dumb like a fox that one is.

by Anonymousreply 34October 26, 2023 11:59 AM

Hi Barbra/r31!

by Anonymousreply 35October 26, 2023 12:03 PM

Babs should have released this a decade and a half ago. She’s lost fans to time and age.

Britney’s bio sounds boring. All the “good” parts already leaked. I’m not buying a book to hear a white trash skank moan about an abortion two decades ago. Also, she takes zero accountability, she had the money and the autonomy to keep that baby, but puts all the blame on Justin. Typical Zillenial woman, anything bad that happened is everyone else’s fault.

by Anonymousreply 36October 26, 2023 12:21 PM

I'm in total agreement with r31.

Streisand's super-stardom is well deserved, earned and undeniable.

Still, as a life-long Streisand fan, I'll wait for others to perform the labor of reading it her book and posting a review before I decide whether to purchase it.

It's paradoxical, but, as compelling a performer and talent that she is, I've always found her underwhelming as herself.

And I realized that while watching at least 2 or 3 of her interviews, the infamous "Oprah" interview where she went on to snooze-inducing effect about her home landscaping and interior design, being exhibit A.

I don't know that reading her book would be any different for me.

by Anonymousreply 37October 26, 2023 12:59 PM

If Barbra fka Barbara wasn’t famous and wealthy she’d be living in Brooklyn and watching the neighbors out the front window, ready to call the cops.

by Anonymousreply 38October 26, 2023 1:10 PM

R30 she decided to remove the index to stop looky-loo browsers from jumping to a page.

by Anonymousreply 39October 26, 2023 1:11 PM

R28, that’s surprising. I thought Barbra and her mother had a strained relationship.

by Anonymousreply 40October 26, 2023 1:37 PM

Mother is Brooklyn slang.

by Anonymousreply 41October 27, 2023 1:09 AM

[quote]she decided to remove the index to stop looky-loo browsers from jumping to a page.

Don't be silly. Less ink for printing means more money for me.

by Anonymousreply 42October 27, 2023 1:14 AM

[quote]Her market demographic is retired boomers, who have all the time (and money?) in the world, so 47 hours of listening to or reading Barbra is a drop in the bucket. They will make it a huge nostalgic bestseller.

Correction: her market demographic - older gay men from New York and LA who are obsessed with Broadway musicals and movies. In other words, DL posters.

by Anonymousreply 43October 27, 2023 1:18 AM

If she never wrote an index, as opposed to it being cut by the editor which seems highly unlikely., she saved herself a tedious task. Non-fiction writers know how boring making an index is.

by Anonymousreply 44October 27, 2023 1:20 AM

Ever been it one of her concerts R43? Women outnumber men two or three to one. Are women gay men? Those concerts are always sold out and the streaming shows that they produce huge successes and often Emmy winners. There really has never been anyone close to her over a 60 year career.

Her book will probably be a best seller. Not many on this thread know why, or know much about anything at all other than snark. Ignorance is in full view to anyone, but the ignorant.

by Anonymousreply 45October 27, 2023 1:36 AM

They will be flying off the shelves at the shopping mall in the basement of her Malibu home.

by Anonymousreply 46October 27, 2023 1:51 AM

R22 me, too.

by Anonymousreply 47October 27, 2023 3:20 AM

But, of course it will!

by Anonymousreply 48October 27, 2023 4:37 AM

Barbra is due to go on Howard Stern on November 7.

by Anonymousreply 49November 2, 2023 2:06 AM

Also CBS Sunday Morning on November 5, and Stephen Colbert.

by Anonymousreply 50November 2, 2023 2:07 AM


by Anonymousreply 51November 2, 2023 2:15 AM

[quote] On the day of publication, Spears posted on Instagram that her book had become “the highest selling celebrity memoir in history.” It is not, so far, even the highest selling memoir of 2023.

I can’t decide if OP is a butt-hurt Barbra fan or a delusional Britney one.

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by Anonymousreply 52November 2, 2023 2:55 AM

Like everything else she did after 1980, she waited ten years too long to do it.

by Anonymousreply 53November 2, 2023 3:03 AM

[quote] There really has never been anyone close to her over a 60 year career.


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by Anonymousreply 54November 2, 2023 3:05 AM

[quote] There really has never been anyone close to her over a 60 year career.

***ahem, ahem***

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by Anonymousreply 55November 2, 2023 3:17 AM

ahem ahem ahem

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by Anonymousreply 56November 2, 2023 3:42 AM


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by Anonymousreply 57November 2, 2023 3:43 AM

Barbra's book like most of her albums will race up the charts and be a big hit! She's getting older; her fans have been waiting for this one--and she's led quite an extraordinary life. It will be a Very big hit!

by Anonymousreply 58November 2, 2023 4:00 AM

Hi Jason/r58. You’re a good son.

by Anonymousreply 59November 2, 2023 4:15 AM

Does she expect Howard to paint her mike white?

by Anonymousreply 60November 2, 2023 6:31 AM

I don't think Barbra will go in person for her interviews. She'll either phone in or do it via cam. Or they go to her.

by Anonymousreply 61November 2, 2023 6:37 AM

Harry's Spare sold 3.2 million.

by Anonymousreply 62November 2, 2023 6:41 AM

Will Barbara Walters or Mike Wallace be doing the big interview?

by Anonymousreply 63November 2, 2023 7:25 AM

R61 Babs doesn't seem to have taken her career too seriously since the 70s. Kinda sad since she was so talented both in music and movies

by Anonymousreply 64November 2, 2023 10:28 AM

She wouldn’t write the index herself; the publisher does that.

So, she wanted to ensure people read it all the way through… typical controlling behavior.

by Anonymousreply 65November 2, 2023 10:45 AM

Publishers don't write the index. They have the author write it.

by Anonymousreply 66November 2, 2023 12:04 PM

R64 - how ridiculous. She directed 3 movies.

by Anonymousreply 67November 2, 2023 12:05 PM

In academia (texts), indexes are done primarily by the publishers.

by Anonymousreply 68November 2, 2023 12:50 PM

McCartney, Mathis, Jagger have had careers primarily in music, records and performing/concerts. Streisand has had that plus success at the very top of every other entertainment medium in multiple roles . And outside show business she has been a major political activist and philanthropist. There’s really been nothing quite like her- ever! Sinatra, Garland and Minnelli close.

by Anonymousreply 69November 2, 2023 12:56 PM

“At the very top of every other entertainment medium in multiple roles”

EVERY other entertainment medium? Also, have you seen The Mirror Has Two Faces? Does that film seem like it was made by a director at the very top of that medium?

by Anonymousreply 70November 2, 2023 1:13 PM

I'm ambivalent personally about Streisand, but r69 is right, there are few people who have reached the heights of success in show biz as she has as well as the length of time she's been in the spotlight. I'd put McCartney and Jagger up there, not necessarily Mathis or Bennett. That's about it.

by Anonymousreply 71November 2, 2023 2:52 PM

Britney’s “The Woman in Me” Becomes #1 NYT Bestseller | 1.1 Million Sold First Week

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by Anonymousreply 72November 2, 2023 3:12 PM

What painting will Barbra purchase with the book’s proceeds?

by Anonymousreply 73November 2, 2023 4:42 PM

I don't think the book will do all that well. Respectable but that's it.

by Anonymousreply 74November 2, 2023 4:48 PM

R67 yes but think what she could have done if she'd truly applied herself. Most of her movies were little more than vanity projects or cash-grabs

by Anonymousreply 75November 2, 2023 7:51 PM

Probably. People like reading about better days and she must have some entertaining stories.

by Anonymousreply 76November 2, 2023 7:52 PM

In the book Streisand lists the names she was called as her star began to rise — "an amiable anteater, a sour persimmon, a furious hamster, a myopic gazelle, and a seasick ferret" — which she takes in good stride, while also admitting that even after all these years she's "still kinda hurt by the insults."

by Anonymousreply 77November 3, 2023 11:18 AM

Streisand notes that when she began appearing in Funny Girl, the press went from describing her as some sort of anxious forest creature and more like a "Babylonian queen" with a "pharaonic profile."

"I must say, I loved those descriptions," the EGOT quips. Of being described as having "scarab eyes," Streisand says she assumed it was a compliment but admits "one of those eyes does look, well, a little cross-eyed at times." As much as she's still hurt by the insults, Streisand also "can't quite believe the praise."

by Anonymousreply 78November 3, 2023 11:20 AM

Over the years, the singer and actress has learned to avoid any press about her as "half the time I don't recognize the person that they portray." She gives an example of her favorite activity, going to the dentist, where she picked up a magazine to find a story about her friend Neil Diamond's brother and the $15,000 bathtub he invented that the magazine claimed Streisand had bought.

"I didn't even know my friend Neil had a brother and now I'm being used to sell his bathtub?" Streisand notes.

by Anonymousreply 79November 3, 2023 11:20 AM

Stephen Colbert interview to be broadcast November 13.

"Barbra Streisand generously invited me to visit her at her California home where she granted me an extended interview covering everything from her famous romances to her famous close dogs,"

by Anonymousreply 80November 3, 2023 11:23 AM

I think Streisand is a very good director, the problem is her vanity won out in mirror. Her obsession with being seen by men as desirable was more important to her.

That’s why Sondheim told her she could either direct or star in Gypsy, but not both.

He was an asshole, but he was right.

by Anonymousreply 81November 3, 2023 11:37 AM

R80, Cloned, not close.

by Anonymousreply 82November 3, 2023 12:18 PM

Amazon has reduced the Audiobook version from $61 to $56.

by Anonymousreply 83November 3, 2023 12:21 PM

I just can’t imagine Barbra on Howard Stern. He is beneath her.

by Anonymousreply 84November 3, 2023 4:06 PM

Do you think you’ll ever amount to a pile of shit?

by Anonymousreply 85November 3, 2023 8:53 PM

Nobody under 50 knows who the fuck she is. And they certainly aren’t going to pay for her book.

by Anonymousreply 86November 3, 2023 9:01 PM

[quote] If Barbra fka Barbara wasn’t famous and wealthy she’d be living in Brooklyn and watching the neighbors out the front window, ready to call the cops.

I can see Barbra as a high-end Realtor. She'd be staging the hell out of all of her properties. I can see her as president of her HOA, as well. Watching neighbors out the front window? No.

by Anonymousreply 87November 3, 2023 9:09 PM

Besides her aging Boomer fans, who the hell wants to read a 992 page memoir? Even the audio version is 48 hours, 15 minutes long. HARD PASS!!!

by Anonymousreply 88November 3, 2023 9:11 PM

Correction: Aging Boomers and Post-War fans

by Anonymousreply 89November 3, 2023 9:13 PM

[quote] who the hell wants to read a 992 page memoir?

What the hell? Bill and Hillary Clinton put out memoirs around the same time. Bill's was way too long and needed editing. Hillary's was an easier read, but this was before she ran for POTUS, etc. You could tell she was holding back.

by Anonymousreply 90November 3, 2023 9:23 PM

I could see Barbra being the board president of one of the better co-ops on Riverside Drive.

by Anonymousreply 91November 3, 2023 9:48 PM

Does she address the claim she wouldn't have won the Oscar for Funny Girl if she hadn't voted for herself?

by Anonymousreply 92November 3, 2023 9:49 PM

No one likes Barbra who’s worked with her. Even Rutanya Alda of “Mommie Dearest” fame ripped her a new one in her book. Babs is insanely cruel to people who work with her and under her. Babs has what amounts to a sixth grade education. She should be more humble and thank her lucky stars that she hit the jackpot. Her embarrassing web site essays are infamous. She’s beyond stupid. Hell, this book probably took forever due to all the misspellings and grammatical errors. She’s had a very interesting life but this book will be her version of it and we all know how that goes. Perhaps it will become a camp classic.

by Anonymousreply 93November 3, 2023 9:51 PM

R93 what did she say about Babs?

by Anonymousreply 94November 3, 2023 9:57 PM

Wtf with books costing 35$!!!

by Anonymousreply 95November 3, 2023 10:02 PM

If you get a free audible 30 day trial you can download it and listen to Bar read you her life. Won't cost a dime if you cancel in 30 days (and keep the book).

by Anonymousreply 96November 3, 2023 10:10 PM

Barry Gibb is kind of circumspect, but it sounds like he though Barbra was difficult.

by Anonymousreply 97November 3, 2023 10:10 PM

The audiobook version will also include numerous songs.

“There are also musical excerpts spanning her entire oeuvre, from her movies, albums, and Broadway productions,” the publisher says. “The over 40 songs include 'The Way We Were,' 'Woman in Love,' 'Evergreen,' as well as songs from the movies Yentl and Funny Girl and many more.”“

by Anonymousreply 98November 3, 2023 10:22 PM

Will Babs be the voice for the audio book? Britney Spears didn't narrate her own book.

by Anonymousreply 99November 3, 2023 10:25 PM

I'm looking forward to her interview with Stephen Colbert. He flew out to California so he could do it.

by Anonymousreply 100November 3, 2023 10:25 PM

I hate her outfits in these promotional interviews. She looks like a bag lady.

by Anonymousreply 101November 3, 2023 11:26 PM

I love her. She can do no wrong. I don't care how she dresses or how much plastic surgery she has had, or how scraggily her hair looks. She is the absolute complete Divinity. No one else is even close.

by Anonymousreply 102November 4, 2023 12:09 AM

[quote]Britney Spears didn't narrate her own book.

Britney can't read.

by Anonymousreply 103November 4, 2023 12:19 AM

I gave r102 a W&W for strong point of view.

I may not agree totally with it. but still.

by Anonymousreply 104November 4, 2023 12:46 AM

R99, Yes, she is the Audiobook’s reader.

by Anonymousreply 105November 4, 2023 12:50 AM

[quote]Publishers don't write the index. They have the author write it.

Um, my co-writer and my publisher did the index on our 500-word actress biography.

by Anonymousreply 106November 4, 2023 12:58 AM

People magazine devotes a whole issue to Barbra.

by Anonymousreply 107November 4, 2023 2:09 AM

R106 - 500 words? Is it a pamphlet?

by Anonymousreply 108November 4, 2023 2:10 AM

Oh no the CBS News Sunday Morning interview is by Gayle King.

KING: "What do you want people to get out of this book? What do you want them to know about you?"

STREISAND: "I want them to know the truth. …You know, one of the reasons I wrote the book is to … talk about the myths about me."

by Anonymousreply 109November 4, 2023 2:23 AM

We know the truth about this fat lazy pig.

by Anonymousreply 110November 4, 2023 2:31 AM

Barbara’s plastic surgery face is SCARY!!!

by Anonymousreply 111November 4, 2023 2:34 AM

I’m surprised Colbert’s interview isn’t being aired on the 7th, the book’s publication date.

by Anonymousreply 112November 4, 2023 2:42 AM

[quote]People magazine devotes a whole issue to Barbra.

Is that the luckiest "People" in the world?

by Anonymousreply 113November 4, 2023 2:43 AM

The only thing most people under 35 know her for is a South park episode that mocked her. Her fanbase is mostly dead.

by Anonymousreply 114November 4, 2023 2:50 AM

R97, he did an interview with, I believe, 60 Minutes Australia a few years ago. Surprisingly, he said something like he wouldn't work with her again because of her anger. The honesty was shocking.

by Anonymousreply 115November 4, 2023 2:50 AM

Barbra Streisand talks with "CBS News Sunday Morning" about her life, loves and memoir: Sunday, November 5 at 9am. Streisand opens up to "CBS Mornings" co-host Gayle King

Award-winning singer, actor and director Barbra Streisand says the loss of her father when she was just 15 months old left a big hole in her life, in a revealing interview on CBS and streamed on Paramount+.

"My Name Is Barbra" to be published Tuesday, November 7. 2023.

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by Anonymousreply 116November 4, 2023 3:01 AM

[quote] what did she say about Babs?

That she’s cruel and that Barbra likes to chalk it up to being a perfectionist. She isn’t. She’s mean because she’s mean. It goes beyond the project. It’s simply who she is.

by Anonymousreply 117November 4, 2023 3:04 AM

Mike Wallace hated her with a passion and tells her to her face that he doesn’t like her.

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by Anonymousreply 118November 4, 2023 3:07 AM

I lost all respect for Mike Wallace after he did that interview. Never liked him much, but that was the final straw. Rotten Fucker. His son is a much better interviewer than he was.

by Anonymousreply 119November 4, 2023 3:27 AM

She got him back in the Mike Wallace documentary, saying You are a son-of-a-bitch.

by Anonymousreply 120November 4, 2023 3:28 AM

How many times do we have to hear about her father dying?

by Anonymousreply 121November 4, 2023 3:29 AM

Mike was rude to Bette Davis too but she just rolled her eyes at him.

by Anonymousreply 122November 4, 2023 3:29 AM

Also he was rude to his crew and Barbra quips, And they say I'M difficult!

by Anonymousreply 123November 4, 2023 3:31 AM

R122, He was incredibly rude to Gloria Swanson in this 1957 interview.

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by Anonymousreply 124November 4, 2023 3:32 AM

R117 - wasn't the story that Rutanya was an extra on Hello, Dolly!?

by Anonymousreply 125November 4, 2023 3:34 AM

Wallace was a real diva. A complete bastard. Self righteous, judgemental, a know it all, aggressive and not in a good way..

by Anonymousreply 126November 4, 2023 3:35 AM

Listen to Barbra

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by Anonymousreply 127November 4, 2023 3:49 AM

No one under 50 should brag about not knowing who Streisand is. As for 6th grade education and not being smart. Graduated with honors from Erasmus High in Brooklyn at 16. She is one of the most intelligent people in show business. Ever listened to her talk at Harvard about the artist as activist? Do you suppose she has and had close friendships with the Clintons, Madeline Albright, Pierre Trudeau and others because she’s dumb. She can tell you the voting records of almost every Representative and Senator in the US Congress. God there are real idiots on DL.

by Anonymousreply 128November 4, 2023 3:52 AM

Footage from Colbert interview.

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by Anonymousreply 129November 4, 2023 4:00 AM

There is a pic of Gayne King with Barbra in what looks like The Mall.

by Anonymousreply 130November 4, 2023 4:07 AM

She hasn't done much in the last 20+ years, but at least she isn't pathetically in need of public affirmation like Cher.

by Anonymousreply 131November 4, 2023 4:28 AM

Cher is writing her own book.

by Anonymousreply 132November 4, 2023 4:31 AM

Cher has been doing farewell tours for how long---pathetic. And Barbra is a much better singer and perfectionist not a slob.

her fan base is mostly women, especially Jewish women. They'll buy her book. They're probably the women who populated the audience when I saw Carrie Fisher's one woman show--they were almost as much fun as Carrie---going on about the Eddie Fisher -Debbie Reynolds thing when Carrie brought it up, among other times.

by Anonymousreply 133November 4, 2023 4:36 AM

R131 = Madonna

by Anonymousreply 134November 4, 2023 7:11 AM

If Barbra was any fun she would drive over to Britney's and take a turn on the stripper pole. Britney has some cool boots to loan, too.

by Anonymousreply 135November 4, 2023 7:13 AM

BDSM Barbra!

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by Anonymousreply 136November 4, 2023 7:15 AM

I have to say I’m full of appreciation for all you who are defending Barbra. I feel the same way. She has given me enormous pleasure for decades - and some of my best friendships were forged through a mutual Barbra love engendered in our teenage years. Later on it became a little love/hate sometimes with her seeming nonsense but JFC the woman is a legend. One of the greatest stars ever - and I think deservedly so. So I’ll stand up for her too when professional dicks like Mike Wallace serve up gratuitous nastiness for a transparent ratings grab.

by Anonymousreply 137November 4, 2023 7:50 AM

Here here R137

by Anonymousreply 138November 4, 2023 8:15 AM

Hear Hear *

by Anonymousreply 139November 4, 2023 8:16 AM

I tried to find the pic of Gayle and Barbra in her mall to attach here but could not. However I found pics of them at other events so I guess they have a herstory.

by Anonymousreply 140November 4, 2023 8:18 AM

Britney cannily described herself has having the highest first week “Celebrity” sales which could describe Harry, but in this case he would be “Royal” because he sold a few hundred thousand more than her.

by Anonymousreply 141November 4, 2023 8:24 AM

Hey Barb! If y'all want to sell some books, best to get a picture of yer cooter on instagram! Always works! Your welcome!

by Anonymousreply 142November 4, 2023 12:00 PM

R131, she has recorded several top selling albums, had several sold out concert tours (with top selling DVDs and recording documenting) in the last 20 years. She has built a women’s heart study center at Cedar Sinai in LA and been a principle fund raiser for Democrats in the US. You’re kind of clueless, aren’t you?

by Anonymousreply 143November 4, 2023 1:27 PM

Her voice sounds husky and she over enunciates.

by Anonymousreply 144November 4, 2023 1:49 PM

Her work with women's health initiatives is very impressive. My mother adores her! ADORES her! As do we all in our house.

by Anonymousreply 145November 4, 2023 2:58 PM

R144, let’s see what you sound like at 81, troll.

by Anonymousreply 146November 4, 2023 3:15 PM

Yes, the voice did start getting husky around age 59 but she had a beautiful tone that was unparalleled until then.

by Anonymousreply 147November 4, 2023 3:48 PM

Barbra's book will be a smash!

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by Anonymousreply 150November 4, 2023 6:15 PM

What movie offers should Barbra have accepted?

by Anonymousreply 151November 4, 2023 8:48 PM

I don't know if I'll read her book but I loved reading this thread, you guys are hilarious, not being sarcastic.

[quote] It's paradoxical, but, as compelling a performer and talent that she is, I've always found her underwhelming as herself.[/quote]

My thoughts too, I always came away a little disappointed with her interviews. She comes off guarded and defensive, understandably to some extent. She wanted people to praise her acting and directing and was annoyed when they called her a singer. "I think of myself as an actress who can sing, not a singer who can act." Sorry Barbra, I'm here for the singing.

by Anonymousreply 152November 4, 2023 9:04 PM

I was just looking up her tours, she really hasn't done any big world tours with loads of shows like Milder or Cher. I know she is into property and art, and not knocking her choices but I'm surprised she didn't use more of her free time to act.

by Anonymousreply 153November 4, 2023 9:12 PM

Lazy ass bitch.

by Anonymousreply 154November 4, 2023 9:15 PM

[qoute][R106] - 500 words? Is it a pamphlet?

My apologies. 500-page biography. About a most famous for her time but now forgotten actress. My co-writer and I were dreading the chore when they said they'd be glad to do it.

by Anonymousreply 155November 4, 2023 9:29 PM

And, it seems I can't spell "quote" worth shit.

by Anonymousreply 156November 4, 2023 9:30 PM

R154, she's admitted that many times.

by Anonymousreply 157November 4, 2023 9:51 PM

[quote]There’s no index, so would-be browsers can’t cheat. A genius move—was it her choice? She laughs. Absolutely. If she could plug away for 10 years writing this exhaustive, exhilarating account of her life—leaving blood on the page, per her editor’s request—then we can do her the courtesy of reading it from start to finish.

Didn't her editor tell her that anyone reading the ebook can "cheat" using Search?

by Anonymousreply 158November 4, 2023 10:39 PM

There ain't nobody paying thirty-two dollars for this shit.

by Anonymousreply 159November 4, 2023 10:41 PM

R159, bet there is.

by Anonymousreply 160November 4, 2023 10:50 PM

Perfectionists procrastinate.

by Anonymousreply 161November 4, 2023 10:50 PM

Is Barbra donating the proceeds to her worthy causes? She doesn't need anymore money!

by Anonymousreply 162November 4, 2023 10:50 PM

R158, And anyone familiar with her life would know where in the book a certain incident or person in her life would appear among the 900+ pages.

by Anonymousreply 163November 4, 2023 11:09 PM

[quote]Is Barbra donating the proceeds to her worthy causes?

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by Anonymousreply 164November 5, 2023 12:03 AM

What? I’m not a worthy cause?

by Anonymousreply 165November 5, 2023 12:27 AM

R155 - who is your subject? A 500 page book is pretty hefty.

by Anonymousreply 166November 5, 2023 1:49 AM

Sounds like AI reading the book.

by Anonymousreply 167November 5, 2023 1:58 AM

[quote] "For 40 years, publishers have been asking me to write my autobiography," she continues, "but I kept turning them down because I prefer to live in the present rather than dwell on the past. And the fact is, I'm scared that after six decades of people making up stories about me...I'm going to tell the truth, and nobody is going to believe it."

She is so full of shit. lol

by Anonymousreply 168November 5, 2023 2:00 AM

I can just see Barbra saying that while waving her claw nails at face level.

by Anonymousreply 169November 5, 2023 3:09 AM

BARBRA STREISAND has revealed she had a flirty relationship with King Charles, writing in her new book that she did not realise how much he fancied her.

The unlikely friendship with the “utterly charming” royal is disclosed in the singer’s upcoming memoir, My Name Is Barbra.

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by Anonymousreply 170November 5, 2023 3:26 AM

[quote]I'm scared that after six decades of people making up stories about me...I'm going to tell the truth, and nobody is going to believe it."

Don't worry dear, nobody's going to read it anyway.

by Anonymousreply 171November 5, 2023 3:28 AM

[quote] BARBRA STREISAND has revealed she had a flirty relationship with King Charles

That’s not a relationship, Babs.

by Anonymousreply 172November 5, 2023 3:30 AM

Chapter 159: Charles Was My Real-Life Prince of Tides!

by Anonymousreply 173November 5, 2023 3:31 AM

How many copies will Barbra buy for herself for her underground bookstore?

by Anonymousreply 174November 5, 2023 3:31 AM

Jason is going to get a copy on all eight nights of Hanukkah this year.

by Anonymousreply 175November 5, 2023 3:36 AM

She's such an asshole.

by Anonymousreply 176November 5, 2023 4:04 AM

The CBS Sunday Morning interview is the same stories she's been telling for the past 60 years. Maybe there was not much there after all.

by Anonymousreply 177November 5, 2023 6:25 PM
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by Anonymousreply 178November 5, 2023 6:26 PM

Babs on Howard Stern is actually the most interesting component in all of this. Thanks, R49!

by Anonymousreply 179November 5, 2023 7:39 PM

Barbra said all the same stuff in the 1990s while doing the press junket for her comeback/farewell tour.

by Anonymousreply 180November 5, 2023 7:39 PM

Bunch of gents did a worship intro to the Gayle thing.

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by Anonymousreply 181November 5, 2023 7:48 PM

No sex with young Colin Farrell? Didn't he fuck all the old diva pussy in Tinseltown?

by Anonymousreply 182November 5, 2023 8:12 PM

No threesomes with Vadim & Fonda?

by Anonymousreply 183November 5, 2023 8:24 PM

Babs really has atrocious taste in movies. She turned down Klute, Cabaret, Julia and The Exorcist but made lots of forgotten shite instead?

by Anonymousreply 184November 5, 2023 8:41 PM

R181, that was actually pretty interesting, unlike the Gayle puff piece. Funny the two flaming fags never talked about the pink elephant in the room....Barbra and the gays.

by Anonymousreply 185November 5, 2023 9:23 PM

[quote] Her fling with Agassi, 28 years her junior, also clearly left a mark.

The singer says she did not even know who the tennis ace was when Las Vegas casino tycoon Steve Wynn told her the star was an admirer.

Agassi, 53, later called her to say how much he had admired her 1991 film The Prince Of Tides — and they were on the phone for two hours.

Barbra says: “It was a completely unexpected relationship, and it was fun.

“He sent me six dozen roses after one dinner.

“He came out to the ranch.

“I re­member playing tennis with him as my partner in doubles, and I was trying so hard that I tore my meniscus (knee cartilage).

“I actually heard it pop, but I didn’t want to stop, even to ice it, as I didn’t want to look like a wimp.”

Her time with actor Beatty, 86, was obviously less memorable.

Describing how she was recently talking politics on the phone with him, she says he told her he remembered why they broke up.

She had to ask when they had been together. And when she hung up, she wondered if she had ever slept with him.

She writes that she “kind of” remembers, adding: “I guess I did. Probably once.”

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by Anonymousreply 186November 5, 2023 9:57 PM

I’ll read it, but I don’t plan on buying it. There were a lot of links to pdf copies of Britney’s book floating around on the day it was released and I’m hoping the same happens for this one.

by Anonymousreply 187November 5, 2023 9:58 PM

Did Barb ever go nude in a movie like Fonda and Dunaway?

by Anonymousreply 188November 5, 2023 10:51 PM

R188 she showed her breasts in the Owl and the Pussycat. The VHS featured it but the DVD and digital downloads have had the scene cut.

by Anonymousreply 189November 5, 2023 11:51 PM

Why does this woman refuse to put color on her face, especially her lips??? Why would you want to look so washed out? Combine that with the frizzy hair and she looked a mess on Sunday Morning. But the thing is, she doesn't have to! She would still look wonderful if properly styled.

by Anonymousreply 190November 6, 2023 12:35 AM

In the X-rated cut of "Yentl," she went full-frontal in an erotic masturbatory sequence sparked by the enticing sight of Avigdor's bare ass.

by Anonymousreply 191November 6, 2023 12:49 AM

R189 . . .

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by Anonymousreply 192November 6, 2023 1:27 AM

She doesn’t remember banging Warren?!

by Anonymousreply 193November 6, 2023 1:41 AM

Not bad tits! Nicer than Faye's anyway which always looked pointed and a bit, dare I say..angry!

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by Anonymousreply 195November 6, 2023 3:19 PM

NYT review

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by Anonymousreply 196November 7, 2023 5:29 AM

[quote]Publishers don't write the index. They have the author write it. —published author

Honey, please don't tell me you think she actually wrote this book herself.

Do you really think she worked into the wee hours of the morning with her pen in hand?

by Anonymousreply 197November 7, 2023 5:36 AM

Not surprised that Barbara would include lengthy reviews of people praising her.

by Anonymousreply 198November 7, 2023 6:24 AM

Well, these quotes made me laugh:

[quote]“I thought we were going to have an affair,” the married Mandy Patinkin tearily implored her during “Yentl."

[quote]“I’m the mother! She’s nothing without me!” - Diana Kind

[quote]Planning her wedding to the actor James Brolin in 1998, she tried to winnow down a long list of desserts before deciding “We’ll just have them all … why not?”

by Anonymousreply 199November 7, 2023 6:33 AM

Amazon released the Audiobook at 3:00 AM.

Listening now.

I know . . . MARY!

by Anonymousreply 200November 7, 2023 8:48 AM

"She needs to say things like that to kind of, you know, give her a little boost," Fonda told Cohen. "You have to feel sorry for her. It's been a tough life. She needs something to boost her up."

Janet Fonda’s response to Babs saying that she made her career by not taking the roles Jane made famous

by Anonymousreply 201November 7, 2023 8:58 AM

I wonder if Barbra will discuss when she tried to sue a photographer for $50 million for photographing her property and gave us what has become known as the "Streisand effect".

by Anonymousreply 202November 7, 2023 9:34 AM

Apparently she does discuss TSE

by Anonymousreply 203November 7, 2023 9:41 AM

My gawd, the audiobook version is a 1.4 GB download. That’s like up there with Tolstoy and Dumas.

by Anonymousreply 204November 7, 2023 10:59 AM

I don’t know how well this will do, she’s got a lot of competition with new releases from John Stamos and Henry Winkler last week.

by Anonymousreply 205November 7, 2023 11:00 AM

When does volume two come out?

by Anonymousreply 206November 7, 2023 12:30 PM

You can definitely listen to this at 1.5x narration speed.

by Anonymousreply 207November 7, 2023 5:38 PM

Or just not listen to it at all.

by Anonymousreply 208November 7, 2023 5:41 PM

Gurl I saw that interview with Gayle King! Barbra needs to stop all cosmetic procedures , if she proceeds it will be tragic! Her hubby James Brolin was featured on the interview, ZERO plastic surgery , looked rugged and handsome for his advanced years. I wonder if one of the "stores" in her "mall" sold bed and bath linens ?

by Anonymousreply 209November 7, 2023 5:48 PM

I’m 40 mins. in and I LOVE IT. Young Barbra is hilarious, so precocious.

by Anonymousreply 210November 7, 2023 6:07 PM

I just got it. Barnes and Noble had already sold a few this morning.

by Anonymousreply 211November 7, 2023 6:31 PM

Makesh me want to write my shtory.

by Anonymousreply 212November 7, 2023 6:53 PM

I'm a few chapters into the book and am enjoying it. Her writing is OK, in spite of the clichés ("I was like a sponge at this time, drinking everything in"; "I was like an open vessel, waiting to be filled"), but it's her story itself, discovering her talent and a thriving community of actors and musicians in Manhattan, that is fun and entertaining to hear recounted.

by Anonymousreply 213November 7, 2023 10:34 PM

I’m on Chapter 3 and think the book could have been subtitled “What I Love, What I Hate, and What I Ate.” I’ve always wondered how the subjects of biographies and autobiographies can remember the smallest details of their lives (unless they were journaling already as a child). How in the world does Barbra remember what she ate when she had for dinner at someone’s home when she was a kid? I can’t remember what I had for lunch.

As someone whose ancestors lived in an even poorer Brooklyn Jewish ghetto than Barbra’s family did, I have to say I have some empathy for her and admiration for her determination and ability to rise up out of it. My ancestors did it, too, but of course not at the level Streisand did. I was lucky to be born after my parents had gotten out of where they lived in NYC.

by Anonymousreply 214November 7, 2023 11:07 PM

I’m sure Rosie is bummed Streisand didn’t do her podcast to promote the book

by Anonymousreply 215November 7, 2023 11:14 PM

She says in the prologue that she did keep journals and that they were "invaluable" when she wrote the memoir. I agree that she is going overboard with the recording of her likes and dislikes for posterity, no matter how minor (e.g., colors); and it's odd how she repeatedly links a particular preference for, or aversion to, something to one event from her childhood, as if all personal tastes can be analyzed in terms of one-and-done cause/effect. Still, in spite of being familiar with her life and many of the anecdotes, her writing is good enough to draw me in and make the story of her success fresh and fun to read.

by Anonymousreply 216November 8, 2023 12:18 AM

Thanks, R216. I had forgotten she wrote that in the Prologue. Wow, imagine being such an anal-retentive kid that you’d write down what you ate. That kind of tells me she was obsessed with the details of her life even as a little kid.

by Anonymousreply 217November 8, 2023 12:50 AM

Who was asking for this? Seems like it was mainly "long-awaited" only in her head.

by Anonymousreply 218November 8, 2023 12:53 AM

Oops R216, I meant to sign as R214, not R215 (Barbra would have gotten it right)!

by Anonymousreply 219November 8, 2023 12:54 AM

My name is Jess . . .

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by Anonymousreply 220November 8, 2023 4:27 AM

This book needed an editor. Good god. Her ego is out of control, not to mention how boring she is.

by Anonymousreply 221November 8, 2023 4:57 AM

The audio book is over 48 hours.

by Anonymousreply 222November 8, 2023 4:58 AM

"We've got Barbra Streisand, I think she's nice and she's got such poise and she's got such elegance. It's a joy to have her on my showww. DARLING!"

"JUDY, it's great to be with you..."

"Be my guest, be my guest."

"You know I've been a fan of yours since I was TWO."

"Be my guest, be my guest."

"Hwell hif hI hreally am youah guest, I have a small request...?"

"ANYTHING you want to do..."



"Can I replace you?"

"Be my guest, be my guest!"

by Anonymousreply 223November 8, 2023 5:25 AM

Saw it at B&N. The thing weighs 50 lbs Near 1000 pages. She sure thinks a lot if herself. I’ll wait until to buy a used copy.

by Anonymousreply 224November 8, 2023 5:30 AM

R215 - Rosie got Charles Busch instead.

by Anonymousreply 225November 8, 2023 5:41 AM

Charles is way more interesting.

by Anonymousreply 226November 8, 2023 6:21 AM

Someone made a comment about how Mandy Patinkin was trouble on Yentl. Does anyone know why? I assumed she has actors sign a NDA. That is presumably what is keeping Richard Dreyfuss silent about her rocky relationship with Martin Ritts on Nuts.

by Anonymousreply 227November 8, 2023 7:52 AM

The audiobook is the way to go, apparently you can get it from Audible for like $6. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include a PDF of photos, etc. which is surprising. (Even Sally Field’s memoir included this.)

However, you do get Streisand’s companionable narration which is full of quips and asides, as well as music clips.

In terms of the flow, she is a good writer. The whole thing feels like a candid conversation with her, which is what she is offering - not just the story but a document of who she is, full of detail, explanation and insight, which promises to get even more insightful as her career retrospective progresses. It’s a must for Barbra fans. But probably too much for the casual listener/reader.

It’s not a criticism or any fault of hers but I don’t know how without a full knowledge of the career anyone would be able to listen to this though I suppose that’s true of any memoir, particularly that of a showbiz legend like Barbra. But it will definitely be a valuable companion to that career going forward and could be called “Barbra Has Her Say.”

She’s very generous with her thoughts about acting, singing and living, likely also directing, which makes it a manual for her artistry as well. She’s just hilarious too, going on about her love of Stouffer’s tv dinners, etc. The food stuff is so funny but also down to earth and reassuring to know: Streisand never had an eating disorder.

Haterz gonna hate but I’ll take my 48 hours with Barbra. I’m enjoying every minute of it.

by Anonymousreply 228November 8, 2023 8:00 AM

I find her recall of detail fascinating and even she remarks on the nature of memory itself. At one point, early on, she refers to one such memory as “misty and water-coloured.” She’s clever with it.

The aspect of “found family” is something she shares with a lot of gay people and says something about our mutual identification with her and her with us. She refers to a number of people, genuinely, as family.

It’s fun to hear her knock the myths and showbiz legends of her career on the head - and amazing to be reminded that some of these stories (the gum on the chair) have been around for decades, since the ‘70s, way before the internet.

It’s also heartening that she’s the same Barbra she’s always been - what she says in the prologue is the same thing she’s been saying since 1976 or on ‘77’s Streisand Superman when she recorded Don’t Believe What You Read. The Streisand who was attacked by Rush Limbaugh in the ‘90s was the same Barbra who made The Way We Were and presented her personal politics and moral standards as more important than boning Bob Redford.

The attention to detail she brought to her filmmaking, particularly the still one-of-a-kind production of Yentl, for which she received so much criticism is the same eye for detail that makes the career of a male director like David Fincher. You can’t deny it. And yet somehow, Barbra was always vulnerable to attack. (My opinion, not necessarily hers.)

by Anonymousreply 229November 8, 2023 8:19 AM

I doubt she recounts Sam Neill's interview for Yentl. He recently reported on it. Said he sat on a couch with Barbra and she sang to him playing Avigdor. But Sam didn’t like her voice and found the whole experience uncomfortable.

by Anonymousreply 230November 8, 2023 9:24 AM

I’m up to “The Way We Were” on the Audiobook.

Honestly, it’s better than I anticipated.

Some of her revelations are hilarious, like describing Sue Mengers swimming naked in her pool in front of son Jason.

by Anonymousreply 231November 8, 2023 11:32 AM

Fonda and Streisand are friends. Streisand has repeated the “career” comment in jest a number of time always followed up with admiration for Fonda. And Fondas comeback is also tongue in cheek- she needs to bolster herself etc. Fonda well knows her friend has had an extraordinary life- and is poking fun at the question. No animosity here.

by Anonymousreply 232November 8, 2023 12:22 PM

In the book, she claims to have turned down “They Shoot Horses Don’t They?”, “Klute”, “Julia”, “Cabaret” and “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”.

by Anonymousreply 233November 8, 2023 12:43 PM

She was angry that the art department removed the bump on her nose for this album cover.

She wore her own clothes and ring for this photo shoot, adding the turban because she did not want to wait to have her hair done.

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by Anonymousreply 234November 8, 2023 1:23 PM

I'm 10 pages in and I'm really enjoying it. It is funny, interesting and endearing. She is an excellent storyteller. You can hear her telling you the story (I'm reading the book). I was a big fan starting at 13 for many years, then she got on my nerves for a lot reasons sometime in the 80s, I'm falling in love with her again.

by Anonymousreply 235November 8, 2023 4:14 PM

Does she mention the gum under the seat story?

by Anonymousreply 236November 8, 2023 4:17 PM


"Listen, I wouldn't have left my gum on their chair, spoiling their property. That's not nice. The truth is I pulled it off before I got off, and started to chew it again. There was still some flavor left in it."

by Anonymousreply 237November 8, 2023 4:25 PM

R220 I know it's in your link, not your own text, but Jess is NOT Bab's son.

by Anonymousreply 238November 8, 2023 4:56 PM

What's the gum rumor? I hope Babs doesn't bring up lots of stories best forgotten to have them bandied about again, like Streisand effect #2

by Anonymousreply 239November 8, 2023 5:33 PM

Thats here most ravishing album cover. Would have been just as beautiful had the bump been left.

Very sorry Hurrell never photographed her . He wanted to.

by Anonymousreply 240November 8, 2023 5:47 PM

r234: I mean THE WAY WE WERE album cover

by Anonymousreply 241November 8, 2023 5:48 PM

Awww R228 so glad to hear that. NOW I'm looking forward to it. I've gone through my phases with her from obsession with the Broadway Album and a VHS of her on Ed Sullivan to quoting Camille Paglia and dismissing her: "She's refined herself out of existence."

But, im the end, she's our quintessential DIVA against whom all divas are compared. She's SIMPLY BARBRA! And I'm so here for it.

by Anonymousreply 242November 8, 2023 6:48 PM

Our Barbra has turned into a nice little Malibu bubbe.

by Anonymousreply 243November 8, 2023 9:06 PM

Barbra should have produced and starred in Hello, Dolly in Broadway years ago. Won a legitimate Tony and made a killing.

by Anonymousreply 244November 8, 2023 9:25 PM

I’m sure the Hello, Dolly! revival producers approached her before they signed Bette Midler.

by Anonymousreply 245November 8, 2023 9:28 PM

If Barbra had not turned down Klute and Cabaret then Diana Ross might have won in 1972 for Lady Sings The Blues? Assuming she was brilliant and won again for Klute in 1971, there's no way they'd give her a third the following year for Cabaret..

by Anonymousreply 246November 8, 2023 9:38 PM

In the first part of the memoir, which I'm enjoying, Barbra reminds me a lot of Liza's Pookie Adams in "The Sterile Cuckoo." Brash, determined, and very self-consciously quirky, but almost hypersensitive and defenseless when exposed. She writes that, "I never really felt intimated by anyone," which seems true, but she's nonetheless grappling with a lot of pain and emotion (channeling a lot of the feelings into her singing and acting). The odd thing is that as she tells her own story it's great fun to read about, but she says in the BBC interview that she hasn't had much fun in life... I think Pookie would say something similar to that.

by Anonymousreply 247November 8, 2023 10:35 PM

Jane Fonda reports that Julia was originally to be directed by Nicolas Roeg and the story far more obviously lesbian. She would not have wanted to star in that.

by Anonymousreply 248November 9, 2023 12:47 AM

Princess Diana once saved Barbra Streisand from an embarrassing moment, the singer recalled in her new book.

at the London premiere of "The Prince of Tides," she sat with the Princess during the screening. at one point during the screening, Diana encouraged her to stand to accept applause for the film. She gave her a "little push," then helped her avoid a potential wardrobe malfunction as she stood.

"The zipper on my skirt had come down a bit as I was sitting," Streisand remembered, "and she noticed and quickly started to zip it up for me as I got to my feet."

She added, "When I finally sat down, Diana turned to me and asked, ‘Do you know how wonderful you are?’"

by Anonymousreply 249November 9, 2023 12:59 AM

[quote]She added, "When I finally sat down, Diana turned to me and asked, ‘Do you know how wonderful you are?’"

Yeah, that happened.

by Anonymousreply 250November 9, 2023 1:11 AM

Later, when Diana was leaving the theater, she complimented me on my nails and lashes, and then, looking directly at me, soulfully and with tears in her eyes, she whispered, "Goodbye, Gorgeous!"

by Anonymousreply 251November 9, 2023 1:51 AM

Some Howard Stern

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by Anonymousreply 252November 9, 2023 2:16 AM

I found this book very inspiring !!

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by Anonymousreply 254November 9, 2023 2:17 AM

Stern 3

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by Anonymousreply 255November 9, 2023 2:18 AM

She keeps joking about willing her desires into reality, but one gets the sense that she actually means it.

by Anonymousreply 256November 9, 2023 2:28 AM

R252 I like her last sentence in that Howard Stern interview. "I had to go and sing, to do that". Meaning to make the money she needed. She was pissed having lost a potential fortune on What's up Doc? The way she says it show her ambivalence about being a singing star.

by Anonymousreply 257November 9, 2023 2:31 AM

As it stands, Britney Spears’ book is on track to open with the biggest first week sales in history, beating Prince Harry.

Puhleeze. As though Britney fans can read.

by Anonymousreply 258November 9, 2023 3:18 AM

Stern 4

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by Anonymousreply 259November 9, 2023 4:02 AM

Has her brother Sheldon ever been interviewed?

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by Anonymousreply 260November 9, 2023 4:36 AM

Isn’t it a flop?

by Anonymousreply 261November 9, 2023 5:19 AM

Who knew Howard Stern was a such a Barbrafan?

by Anonymousreply 262November 9, 2023 7:30 AM

She must be the only person both Charles and Diana flirted with.

by Anonymousreply 263November 9, 2023 7:52 AM

R234, the nails ruin it.

by Anonymousreply 264November 9, 2023 8:36 AM

She should have released this 15+ years ago.

by Anonymousreply 265November 9, 2023 8:57 AM

Yikes - Howard Stern was mean to Roslyn Kind.

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by Anonymousreply 266November 9, 2023 11:40 AM

Stern 5

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by Anonymousreply 267November 9, 2023 1:16 PM

R238, True, but she refers to Josh’s children as her grandchildren and they are not.

by Anonymousreply 268November 9, 2023 2:45 PM

[quote] Her hubby James Brolin was featured on the interview, ZERO plastic surgery , looked rugged and handsome for his advanced years

Oh come on. Yes, her surgery is a tad Wildenstein. But can’t shame her for not aging as well as James freaking Brolin, one of the most handsome men of his generation.

by Anonymousreply 269November 9, 2023 3:43 PM

R268, they are legally by marriage, FYI.

by Anonymousreply 270November 9, 2023 8:56 PM

R270, Then so are Brolin’s children.

by Anonymousreply 271November 9, 2023 9:09 PM

Does she talk about Barry Dennen in her book?

by Anonymousreply 272November 9, 2023 10:55 PM

BBC Breakfast.

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by Anonymousreply 273November 10, 2023 12:23 AM

R272 she does, and she discussed him with Howard too.

by Anonymousreply 274November 10, 2023 1:59 AM

In the book, she says when she met Barry Dennen he was going by Barré.

by Anonymousreply 275November 10, 2023 2:22 AM

And the tapes he wouldn't give up?

by Anonymousreply 276November 10, 2023 5:06 AM

This book is dedicated to the father I never knew . . . and the mother I did.

by Anonymousreply 277November 10, 2023 6:16 AM

"Barry and I remained friends, but later, after he refused to return some tapes of me singing, I just put him out of my life. ... I will always be grateful to him for believing in me when I was a teenager. But in 1997, he wrote a book about me and made up this crazy love affair between us. I was so hurt I couldn't read it."

by Anonymousreply 278November 10, 2023 7:16 AM

IIRC his book says she reached out to him after a long estrangement to ask for the tapes. So he was not in her life for a long time for her to put him out again.

by Anonymousreply 279November 10, 2023 7:34 AM

The Hello, Gorgeous book goes deep into the relationship with Barry Dennen but in her book she either denies it or skirts over it. The HG book does have the ring of truth to it. There’s nothing negative in it. It just makes more sense in telling how a 16 year-old girl went from awkward ambitious teen to nightclub chanteuse and Broadway star in 5 years - with the help of at least two very tasteful men, one bi, one gay.

Barbra doesn’t really talk about it in her book and, comparatively, makes little reference to how she achieved the style of her “Kookie Barbra” phase (as it was called). Maybe she wasn’t aware of the support she had. Dennen apparently did a lot of coaching with her and, he says, was her first boyfriend/lover. His friend, Bob, was like a window dressing, dept. store, fashion guy who designed her makeup, her looks and fashion, etc.

by Anonymousreply 280November 10, 2023 8:41 AM

R280, The HG book also paints a much different version of her relationship with Sydney Chaplin than she reveals in her autobiography.

by Anonymousreply 281November 10, 2023 9:10 AM

No one's shaming her for aging, R269. It's not our fault she fought it by taking a picture of Ron Perlman to the surgeon's office.

by Anonymousreply 282November 10, 2023 9:41 AM

Mandy Patinkin is revealed as a total asshole in the book.

It will be interesting to see if he releases a comment or is asked about the assertions in the book in an interview.

by Anonymousreply 283November 10, 2023 11:14 AM

R280, she explains the creation of her look as totally opposite of what Dennen said in his book. According to Dennen, Schulenberg (sp?) designed the makeup. He would do one side of her face and she would do the other to try to imitate it. In her book, none of that happened. She came up with it all, copying the Egyptian eyeliner from the mummies she saw at The Met. Also, according to her book, all Schulenberg ever did was complement her looks and do sketches of her face. I saw the interview he did but I don't remember any of it, which suggests he basically said what Dennen did in his book.

It sort of unnerves me that I know all this shit!

by Anonymousreply 284November 10, 2023 12:16 PM

what did Mandy do that was so bad apart from wanting to have an affair?

by Anonymousreply 285November 10, 2023 12:44 PM

R285, Constantly being rude and shouting at underlings on the set, acting in such a way that made it difficult for his screen partners, i. e. never looking Streisand or Amy Irving in the eye, wanting to improvise rather than stick to the script.

by Anonymousreply 286November 10, 2023 12:53 PM

R285 she also wrote that he was so disinterested in any situation where he wasn’t getting all the attention, that he basically fell asleep.

How did he and Patti get along? Did the crazy of both just cancel out the cuntiness?

by Anonymousreply 287November 10, 2023 1:01 PM

Streisand claims that Patinkin was the only person who "disturbed my equilibrium" throughout the film's shooting, given that he was allegedly often uncooperative on set.

Streisand claims that Patinkin was behaving irrationally and was irritated on set, and so she wanted to talk to him.

During an intense discussion in her dressing room at the start of the film's shooting, Streisand recalled what the now 70-year-old Patinkin said, "'I thought we were going to have a more personal relationship,'" as per PEOPLE.

Streisand continued, "'What?' I had no idea what he was talking about. [Patinkin says] 'I thought we were going to have an affair.'"

Streisand claimed that after Patinkin's remarks, she "looked at him as if he were crazy."

She further wrote in her book: "1) I would never have an affair with an actor I was directing, 2) he was married, and 3) I wasn't at all attracted to him."

"But I couldn't tell him he was not exactly fascinating to me. I didn't want to hurt his feelings, so I simply said, 'I don't operate that way.' Tears rolled down his cheeks," she added.

by Anonymousreply 288November 10, 2023 1:10 PM

Furthermore, Streisand recounted having to threaten to replace Patinkin in the movie if he continued his challenging behavior on set, which she claimed made her life "miserable" for several months.

In the end, she even rewrote a sequence in which her character was meant to share a bed with Patinkin, stating, "Now that I look back on it, I wonder if I allowed my frustration with Mandy to overrule my instincts."

She also talked of mentoring the actor through several scenes with differing degrees of success, at a time when he had only been in films for a few years after starring in 'The Big Fix' in 1978.

by Anonymousreply 289November 10, 2023 1:11 PM

Things were finally resolved when the Bergmans stepped up. They said they had written a new song for Mandy to sing and asked him to meet with them. When he appeared Alan got him in a headlock and Marilyn bitch-slapped until Mandy promised to be good.

by Anonymousreply 290November 10, 2023 1:19 PM

[quote] In the end, she even rewrote a sequence in which her character was meant to share a bed with Patinkin, stating, "Now that I look back on it, I wonder if I allowed my frustration with Mandy to overrule my instincts."

She had planned to have Avigdor shtupp AnshelYentl after the revealation scene.

...but after he made her life miserable for months, she just could not bear the thought of making love to him.

I´m not that good an actress,she writes.

by Anonymousreply 291November 10, 2023 1:30 PM

I had to have read Dennen's book, but the hell if I remember when I did.

This thread has me recalling that I read where he quoted himself telling Streisand, many years into her stardom, during a telephone call, and after she laments to him she isn't sure where next to take her career, something like (paraphrase) "Get out there and concertize again."

Dennen is, essentially, claiming credit for encouraging her to start preparing for her 1994 concert tour.

For whatever reason, the Dennen Streisand (Ooops. Sorry Ms. Streisand, let me correct that billing) the Streisand Dennen relationship interests me.

I haven't read her book yet. I wasn't going to buy it. I'm bored by her in her interviews, although she is a compelling talent and I've always been a fan.

But after the reviews and reading this thread, it's in the running to be my annual Christmas present to myself.

Did she end up buying those recordings Dennen wouldn't give up to her from his estate?

by Anonymousreply 292November 10, 2023 1:43 PM

I read it and it gave me the cold grue

by Anonymousreply 293November 10, 2023 3:45 PM

Does she include any beloved recipes?

by Anonymousreply 294November 10, 2023 6:13 PM

Are there any sales figures out for this book?

by Anonymousreply 295November 10, 2023 6:28 PM

No actual recipes, but she sure loves to nosh, and includes a lot of delectable memories of her favorite foods. She is crazy about Chinese food (and actually worked in a Chinese restaurant owned by her neighbors in Brooklyn); she became friends with James Wong Howe, the great veteran Hollywood cinematographer whose last movie was "Funny Lady," and when he found out her favorite dish was cha siu bao (roasted pork buns), he brought her some homemade ones, which she raves about. It turned out that Howe had owned a Chinese restaurant in Studio City for 10 years.

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by Anonymousreply 296November 10, 2023 6:34 PM

The chapter on recording her first album is wonderful. (It´s available in the googlebooks preview)

Who knew Arthur Laurents was the original "She copies Lena Horne-troll?"

His letter to her trashing the first album is brutal theater-queen at its not so finest and her response astounding!

Nice to know she loved Peter Matz and got serious with him in the 70ies.

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by Anonymousreply 297November 10, 2023 6:39 PM

R297, She never kept a copy of her response. Someone found it in Arthur’s papers after he died and sent her a copy.

She was convinced his brutal analysis was left over resentment from Wholesale.

by Anonymousreply 298November 10, 2023 7:17 PM

R284, yeah, I noticed. And in HG, didn’t it say that Bob Schulberg (?) showed her how to layer false eyelashes or something like that? And then in her book she said she couldn’t be bothered with anything like that.

I don’t think there’s anything nefarious going on, I think she’s probably just a little self-centred about it all. The mythology that Streisand perpetuated throughout the ‘70s, that she was this total and individual creation, etc. was always a bit hard to buy - especially when her fashion sense went south in the ‘70s. That she had help launching herself into the New York club scene of the early ‘60s just makes more sense.

by Anonymousreply 299November 10, 2023 7:21 PM

God, re: Patinkin, you know you’re trouble when Streisand thinks your difficult.

by Anonymousreply 300November 10, 2023 7:22 PM

Isn’t the story she tells about Patinkin embarrassing for him? Does she expect any push back on this?

Patinkin’s wife most already know too well how crazy he is.

by Anonymousreply 301November 10, 2023 7:27 PM

Why was Arthur Laurents such a cunt? I mean, by all accounts, he was one of the biggest cunts that ever cunted.

And all he did was write the books for West Side Story - which, honestly, was never as good as Lehman’s screenplay - and Gypsy, both of which must have been improved immeasurably by Jerome Robbins and Stephen Sondheim. Otherwise, he was just an astounding mediocrity. With a super cute boyfriend.

He certainly thought a lot of himself.

by Anonymousreply 302November 10, 2023 7:47 PM

Even Laurents’ dear friend Mary Rodgers tears into him in her book, Shy. “Talent excuses everything except Arthur Laurents.” When a journalist asked her to comment on AL she replied, “Call me back when he’s dead.”

His letter to BS after her first album is so incredibly nasty - basically saying she had a chance and blew it - and now her career is over. Implying if she’d listened to him she might have had a shot at success. It’s just gratuitously nasty.

by Anonymousreply 303November 10, 2023 7:55 PM

👆🏻oh p.s. kind of dying to read the AL autobiography and see what he says…

by Anonymousreply 304November 10, 2023 7:57 PM

[quote]Why was Arthur Laurents such a cunt?

I think you answered your own question, R302. He was a middling talented buoyed by all the genius that surrounded him, and he overcompensated by being a dick.

by Anonymousreply 305November 10, 2023 8:07 PM

*a middling talent

by Anonymousreply 306November 10, 2023 8:08 PM

Barry Dennen died in 2017. Anyone know what happened to those tapes? Does she say in her book? I'm up to her initial meetings with the Bergmans and Jule Styne. I'm really loving this book, much, much more than I ever expected.

Some of it is laugh-out-loud funny, all of it fascinating.

by Anonymousreply 307November 10, 2023 8:10 PM

I’m enjoying it too, but I’m up to the premier of the Funny Girl movie and am finding Babs cumulatively unlikable, especially in the way she quotes every single compliment she’s been given in person or in the press. Had she been more judicious in her self-praise the book would be both better and half as long.

by Anonymousreply 308November 10, 2023 8:19 PM

The large print edition should do well.

by Anonymousreply 309November 10, 2023 8:41 PM

👆🏻No mention in MNIB about what happened to the tapes - except she says she asked for them back many years later and he declined to return them and she cut him off. I think I remember him saying in another book (?) that they would record her trying out new material and he would coach her on delivery.

by Anonymousreply 310November 10, 2023 8:49 PM

R310, In MNIB, she says Dennen sent the tapes to a man for analysis, etc. and that man claimed they were lost and he sent Dennen back two blank replacement tapes as compensation. She claims in the book the tapes were never found.

She also insists that her relationship with Dennen was never sexual and they slept in separate beds while living together, telling neighbors they were cousins.

In fact, she suspected Dennen was gay. When he told her he had a son, she then assumed he was bisexual.

by Anonymousreply 311November 10, 2023 9:05 PM

I had to take a break before beginning “When I Fucked Pierre Trudeau” chapter.

I think it’s odd that she can talk about Judy and working with Vincente Minelli and never really mention Liza.

I’m looking forward to hearing all about the making of The Main Event. lol

by Anonymousreply 312November 10, 2023 9:33 PM

Some of Barbra's die hard fans will buy the book, skim around the chapters on The Way We Were and A Star is Born, then put it on the shelf after reading 20 pages. Others will just put it on the shelf and never read one page. The other 96% of the living public will avoid it like the plague. I'd say the book might be a moderate success for what it is if it gets that many sales.

It's a weird book. 100 pages could be edited - the ones where she goes on forever posting movie dialog. Doesn't she realize that her fans ALREADY KNOW the dialog from these movies? Someone should introduce her to home video, I have a VCR I can lend her...

That being said, I love the scene she extended in a new cut of TWWW because it finally explains why the couple broke up.

by Anonymousreply 313November 10, 2023 9:53 PM

R312, She does speak of “The Main Event, albeit briefly.

by Anonymousreply 314November 10, 2023 10:20 PM

You will be disappointed to know Streisand does NOT dish much about the short affairs she had with co-stars. In fact, with Sidney Chaplain and Omar Sharif it hard to figure out if she even slept with either of them. She calls it a "flirtation," an "attraction."

[quote]Why was Arthur Laurents such a cunt?

Laurents was always a cunt. He was less of a cunt to Babs.

[quote]Graduated with honors from Erasmus High in Brooklyn at 16

She graduated a little more than a year early. Not a "genius" for that.

by Anonymousreply 315November 10, 2023 10:21 PM

R313, That’s where/when the audio version is better. We hear those scenes and musical interludes, plus her asides/ad libs, which are not in the book.

by Anonymousreply 316November 10, 2023 10:22 PM

R315, She claims to have graduated in January of 1959, three months shy of 17.

by Anonymousreply 317November 10, 2023 10:24 PM

Oh God, the flowers in her window box just changed color because she wanted them to.

by Anonymousreply 318November 10, 2023 10:32 PM

I didn't except to read about a séance at her brother Shelly's house in Long Island, where their dead father contacts them via a medium and tells Barbra to "S-I-N-G P-R-O-U-D!" I guess Papa did hear her, after all.

by Anonymousreply 319November 10, 2023 11:09 PM

[quote] In MNIB, she says Dennen sent the tapes to a man for analysis, etc. and that man claimed they were lost and he sent Dennen back two blank replacement tapes as compensation. She claims in the book the tapes were never found.

The Lost Barbra Tapes.

It's like the last scene in "Raiders of the Lost Ark".

by Anonymousreply 320November 11, 2023 12:16 AM

I swear I saw those tapes in the discount bin in the record store in her mall.

by Anonymousreply 321November 11, 2023 12:19 AM

[quote]In fact, she suspected Dennen was gay. When he told her he had a son, she then assumed he was bisexual

Yeah, in 2023. In those days, you assumed people had "homosexual tendencies," regardless of anything else such as wife and/or children. That means gay. The guy was gay, and if Streisand didn't know The Lion was a gay nightclub, she was more naïve than she is now.

by Anonymousreply 322November 11, 2023 12:20 AM

{quote]I think it’s odd that she can talk about Judy and working with Vincente Minelli and never really mention Liza.

WHY? Liza was of no consequence, she was a young performer who held no threat to La Streisand, in a good way or a bad way.

by Anonymousreply 323November 11, 2023 12:24 AM

R297, Babs sis Roslyn Kind confirms Barbra was a Lena Horne Fan at 11:15

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by Anonymousreply 324November 11, 2023 12:34 AM

If he insisted his name was Barre that was a red flag he was gay, right there.

by Anonymousreply 325November 11, 2023 2:10 AM

R319 that's a story she told many times before as the motivation to do Yentl when she was trying to decide.

by Anonymousreply 326November 11, 2023 2:12 AM

I wonder how Roz feels about her sister talking shit about her father all these years, now in much greater detail in the book.

by Anonymousreply 327November 11, 2023 2:16 AM

R323, I’m not saying Liza was a threat. But she was a contemporary. She’d already won a Tony and was getting leading, dramatic roles in films. She was Oscar nominated for Best Actress for The Sterile Cuckoo the year after Barbra won, etc. Plus, Cabaret. Liza didn’t have the recording career that Barbra had but she certainly bested her on stage, had a concert and film career.

It’s like when she does the whole chapter on Hello, Dolly! and never acknowledges that Bette Midler made a stage triumph of the role recently, etc. It’s a bit ungenerous. She drops everyone else name.

If there was a knish named Liza Minnelli she’d mention it.

by Anonymousreply 328November 11, 2023 4:44 AM

She doesn’t exactly explain how she patched things up with Laurents long enough to do TWWW. Though she does mention they had to bring in two other writers to improve the script - though that’s not uncommon.

I liked the chapter on What’s Up, Doc? She seems to really appreciate the film - and it’s always been one of her best performances. Ryan O’Neal really was just a himbo.

It’s kind of sad to hear her talk of turning down opportunities to work with Balanchine and Bergman. The Balanchine collaboration on Seven Deadly Sins sounds particularly promising. I think this would’ve been a huge triumph for her. She really did let her fear and laziness get to her, which is what she seems to be acknowledging here. She could’ve been a figure of greater cultural significance.

by Anonymousreply 329November 11, 2023 4:53 AM

[quote] The audiobook is the way to go, apparently you can get it from Audible for like $6. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include a PDF of photos, etc. which is surprising. (Even Sally Field’s memoir included this.)

What? The old, personal photos are the best part of these celebrity bios.

by Anonymousreply 330November 11, 2023 5:14 AM

I actually like that Barbra is so into food, e.g., char siu bao. She probably eats whatever the hell she wants, now.

by Anonymousreply 331November 11, 2023 5:20 AM

[quote] If there was a knish named Liza Minnelli she’d mention it.

R328 If there was a knish named Liza Minnelli she would have eaten it.

by Anonymousreply 332November 11, 2023 5:33 AM

Liza is 77, Babs is 81. Back then, maybe Barbra was jealous of the up-and-coming Liza, who grew up in CA, but had the NY vibe. Liza was, of course talented, could act and sing. Plus, Liza just has a nicer personality than Babs.

by Anonymousreply 333November 11, 2023 6:07 AM

I have never heard the Balanchine story before. Have heard the Bergman saga how she didn't like his second act of the screenplay of The Merry Widow.

by Anonymousreply 334November 11, 2023 6:49 AM

To her credit, she writes about ice cream like an honorary Fat Whore:

[quote]I love ice cream too. There's nothing like a big, fresh scoop of McConnell's Brazilian Coffee, packed into a crisp cone and handed to you at their store in Santa Barbara. The intensity of the flavor, made with real coffee beans ... the smooth, rich texture ... By the way, you can't get McConnell's ice cream at just any supermarket, and this particular flavor is even harder to find. So you can imagine all the reasons I suddenly invent to go to Santa Barbara. Jim and I will hop into the the truck and drive up the coast. That store is like a vacation spot to me . I can't wait to get there, so sometimes we also have to stop at their store in Ventura along the way. But the last time we were there, they only had coffee ice cream with chocolate chips, which ruined it for me. Sometimes in an emergency situation, I may call Dan Bifano, my rose expert who lives in Santa Barbara and ask him to bring me a couple of pints when he comes down to check on my garden once a week. For my birthday one year he gave me a whole tub. I regret to admit it didn't last that long.

Frankly, I think this her best writing, tapping into her deepest emotions in a way "Yentl" and "Evergreen" fail to do.

by Anonymousreply 335November 11, 2023 7:28 AM

R335, Does her ice cream craving stem from her stepfather telling her she was too ugly to have any ice cream?

by Anonymousreply 336November 11, 2023 8:04 AM

She doesn't mention the downside of coffee ice cream - insomnia!

by Anonymousreply 337November 11, 2023 8:04 AM

R337, Not to mention, diarrhea.

by Anonymousreply 338November 11, 2023 8:07 AM

Because she’s a night person!

by Anonymousreply 339November 11, 2023 8:25 AM

PORK buns? Oy vey iz mir!

by Anonymousreply 340November 11, 2023 11:42 AM

This book sounds dreary, superficial, fake, boring and self-impressed.

by Anonymousreply 341November 11, 2023 12:42 PM

Patinkin has clashed with peers his entire career. Nothing new. Ditto Laurents. Laurent’s auto bio is fascinating in its descriptions of the times and players. But it’s not hard to take a lot of it with a grain of salt because his egoism and bitchy nature shines through. He liked almost no one- he criticizes relentlessly some of the greatest characters in show business from Sondheim to Robbins to Horne to Streisand. I believe he claimed responsibility for both casting Streisand in Wholesale and doing big number in the chair. He rightfully was disturbed by Pollack removing the politics from the WWW as she described in the book. It stripped the movie of its driving narrative and the actual reason for the couples breakup.

by Anonymousreply 342November 11, 2023 1:16 PM

R328, you don't get it. Streisand mentions people she WORKED WITH. She worked with Judy, she worked with Vincente Minnelli. She didn't work with Liza. Liza is a friendly acquaintance, she's not in Barbra's inner circle. There's no reason to mention her in any context. What does Bette Midler's later Hello Dolly have to do with anything? She makes no mention of Cher, Diana Ross, Julie Andrews or Mitzi Gaynor. Doesn't need to.

[quote]Barbra was jealous of the up-and-coming Liza

OH BOY. You have no idea of the magnitude of Barbra Streisand's career and persona in the 1960s. Liza and her career at that point was like a speck of sand at the bottom of Mt Olympus (Streisand). And why would Streisand be "jealous" of her at any point? Liza's singing and performances are a completely different style than Barbra's, and they excelled in different areas. There was no competition.

by Anonymousreply 343November 11, 2023 2:20 PM

Come back to the five and dime, Barbra Streisand, Barbra Streisand!

by Anonymousreply 344November 11, 2023 3:20 PM

Is it true Barbra attended the Oscars in a garnmet exposing her arse, then she got rogered afterwards?

by Anonymousreply 345November 11, 2023 3:50 PM

R345 if ONLY there was a way to check that information.

by Anonymousreply 346November 11, 2023 4:36 PM

[quote](Liza) already won a Tony and was getting leading, dramatic roles in films.

Yes. I'm sure Barbra Streisand would have traded her roles in Hello Dolly and The Owl & the Pussycat to do Tell Me that You Love Me, Junie Moon.

by Anonymousreply 347November 11, 2023 4:48 PM

Didn't Patinkin give Meryl Streep notes with tips on her acting before he was fired from Heartburn? Or am I thinking of someone else?

by Anonymousreply 348November 11, 2023 6:37 PM

Any confirmation yet that it’s a flop?

by Anonymousreply 349November 11, 2023 6:44 PM

It hasn’t been out a WEEK, R349. Books are not evaluated the way movies are.

by Anonymousreply 350November 11, 2023 6:50 PM

It’s #5 on Amazon. Britney is #1.

by Anonymousreply 351November 11, 2023 7:07 PM

I’m enjoying it FWIW. I’m skipping around. Like others upthread, I like reading what a foodie she is.

The Normal Heart bit is interesting. After Ryan Murphy finagled the project out of her reach, she rang to congratulate him on the show and asked how he got Larry to agree to the changes. Ryan said he agreed with him, then took them out gradually.

That was a method it had never occurred to her to use. She’s radically honest, not a coy flatterer.

I was surprised she was paid a third of what Dustin Hoffman did, plus no points, for Meet The Fockers.

by Anonymousreply 352November 11, 2023 7:17 PM

I assume she did Fockers for shits and grins and to get her face on screen again.

by Anonymousreply 353November 11, 2023 7:20 PM

The Fockers seems like an odd choice, esp. given the low pay.

by Anonymousreply 354November 11, 2023 7:48 PM

She could add acting with Dustin to her resume, r354.

by Anonymousreply 355November 11, 2023 7:49 PM

She did The Fockers because that was the ONLY MOVIE OFFER she received No one else wanted to hire her at that time (or this time).

by Anonymousreply 356November 11, 2023 8:46 PM

Mandy looked fairly fuckable when young, and she turned down Brando in his prime. I think her equipment wasn't working properly. At least, that's the perspective of a gay man slut-when-young. She clearly didn't build her career on her back.

by Anonymousreply 357November 11, 2023 9:59 PM

[quote]She clearly didn't build her career on her back.

Just don't read her panties.

by Anonymousreply 358November 11, 2023 10:05 PM

By all accounts only 2 people have ever had nice things to say about Mandy Patinkin:

Patti Lupone and Claire Danes.

It’s basically a cunt festival

by Anonymousreply 359November 11, 2023 10:13 PM

Mandy left "Criminal Minds" after 1 season and bitched about how it was a huge mistake for him to have done the show, it was horrible, etc. Nobody else commented, it seemed, on his departure. Maybe they were glad to see him go.

He's not attractive. Babs said she was not attracted to him and that's the final word.

by Anonymousreply 360November 11, 2023 10:20 PM

I thought Mandy was REALLY hot 40 years ago. She says she originally wanted Richard Gere ("strong nose, lovely head of hair, and a pretty mouth") for Avigdor, but he said he would take the part only if Barbra acted OR directed, but not both. Then, 10 years later, she said Gere called her to say he wanted to play Tom in "The Prince of Tides" and she told him, "Richard, you're not a guy from the South." I wouldn't have thought he was a guy from a Polish shtetl either. Strange, but when she was working with Sondheim to get a movie of "Gypsy" made (after Arthur Laurents had died), he said only if acted OR directed, but not both, which stopped the project and which she "found hard to forgive."

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by Anonymousreply 361November 11, 2023 10:44 PM

[quote] It hasn’t been out a WEEK, [R349]. Books are not evaluated the way movies are.

They’re evaluated on pre-sales, hon. It’s just like movies. Britney’s book had pre-sales through the roof. Analysts easily predict where a book is going to land and if it has legs.

by Anonymousreply 362November 11, 2023 10:59 PM

He admits it.

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by Anonymousreply 364November 11, 2023 11:02 PM

Mandy was never attractive. R361 has cataracts.

by Anonymousreply 365November 11, 2023 11:03 PM

Does Babs talk about wanting to be filmed from her good side?

by Anonymousreply 366November 11, 2023 11:06 PM

Yes, more than once. The funniest anecdote is when she tells the cinematographer Gordon Willis (on "Up the Sandbox") that her left side is better, but he "thought I was crazy" and filmed her from both sides throughout the movie. After they wrapped, Willis told her, "Your left side IS better."

by Anonymousreply 367November 11, 2023 11:14 PM

Barbra's Specials always had a unique look.

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by Anonymousreply 368November 11, 2023 11:17 PM

[quote] The Fockers seems like an odd choice, esp. given the low pay

She didn’t find out about the pay until afterward.

At the time the sequel was announced, Ben Stiller sucked up to Hoffman and Streisand in the media, saying it was his dream to have them play his parents. So it seemed like a coup to sign them both.

This is not gone into in her book but in the 1990s Robert De Niro tried to get a biopic of Jackson Pollock off the ground, and he wanted Barbra to play Lee Krasner. He grew up them in New York around his artist parents. But Ed Harris beat him to the punch.

by Anonymousreply 369November 12, 2023 1:30 AM

dueling Pollocks.

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by Anonymousreply 370November 12, 2023 3:14 AM

[Quote] how ridiculous. She directed 3 movies.

Prince of Tides is so overrated, and The Mirror has Two Faces is bad. Never saw Yentl.

by Anonymousreply 371November 12, 2023 3:24 AM

NPR interview.

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by Anonymousreply 372November 12, 2023 3:50 AM

[quote]The large print edition should do well.

How? It'll be about 2000 pages and none of her ancient fans will be able to lift it.

Incidentally it has a negative review in the Wall Street Journal today.

by Anonymousreply 373November 12, 2023 3:51 AM

‘My Name Is Barbra’ Review: A Star Is Boring

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by Anonymousreply 374November 12, 2023 3:58 AM

100 pages dedicated to the making of YENTL??

by Anonymousreply 375November 12, 2023 4:55 AM

[quote]Still, she has an unbeatable description of Good & Plenty, cylinders of licorice coated in a pink and white candy shell. They were, she writes, “like eating jewelry.”

They kind of were.

by Anonymousreply 376November 12, 2023 5:04 AM

I liked the book through the first half, but then, after "Funny Lady," it just became too much. Including the 100 pages on "Yentl." As reviewers have noted, her penchant for quoting gushing praise of herself and her work is excessive, never mind whether you agree with it or not. I get that she is proud of what she accomplished, but did no one suggest to her that the letter from Mike Nichols that she reprints was probably written while his judgment was clouded by reams of coke?

[quote]Your picture is a masterpiece. Meryl Streep and I saw it at a screening and wept copiously. I was indescribably moved that Yentl's problem with the world was the same as your problem as a director in the world of movies. You both solved your problems with brilliance and heart and wisdom. You are a first-rate artist and I am your admirer.

I did feel sorry for her with her mother. I wonder if she was bipolar?

by Anonymousreply 377November 12, 2023 6:56 AM

Speaking of Meryl, does she mention La Streep at all?

by Anonymousreply 378November 12, 2023 10:56 AM

One thing that surprised me about the early years was how often she performed at the Bon Soir, Blue Angel and Caucus Room. She would perform in them for weeks at a time, even while in I Can Get It.

by Anonymousreply 379November 12, 2023 11:34 AM

Barbra’s mother needed a few drinks. That would get her in a better mood.

by Anonymousreply 380November 12, 2023 12:39 PM

Why didn't Bar get the first Tony for Wholesale? it was supporting

by Anonymousreply 381November 12, 2023 12:46 PM

Why would she mention Streep, R378?

by Anonymousreply 382November 12, 2023 12:49 PM

R382 I don't know exactly, but Bar tried hard to get the part in Sophie's Choice

by Anonymousreply 383November 12, 2023 12:51 PM

^^She also wanted to turn it into a musical.

by Anonymousreply 384November 12, 2023 1:01 PM

Not surprising that WSJ would have a negative review. I find the book fascinating. You find out so much about the entertainment world and its denizens. She’s known Warren Beatty since she was 16!

The scope of her life is protean. There’s truly no one quite like her.

by Anonymousreply 385November 12, 2023 1:04 PM

Who is Bar?

by Anonymousreply 386November 12, 2023 1:05 PM

R381, She lost to Phyllis Newman for Subways are for Sleeping.

by Anonymousreply 387November 12, 2023 1:07 PM

Did Beatty come on to her at 16?

by Anonymousreply 388November 12, 2023 1:31 PM

R388 that would have been a huge ego boost to Bar at 16

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by Anonymousreply 389November 12, 2023 2:02 PM

R388, He came on to Cher when she was 16.

by Anonymousreply 390November 12, 2023 2:31 PM

I thought this excerpt about how her son Jason was concieved was hot 🔥 because I loved a young Elliot Gould- that hairy chest! Babs was so lucky to get him in his prime 🤣

"Elliott and I were in our suite at the Savoy Hotel, having an argument about something . . . I can’t remember what. And that led to becoming physical, and then it’s a matter of seduction and resistance and anger and passion . . . I don’t know. And I stopped fighting and just went into my body . . . to feel, to forgive, to share, to be kind, to be vulnerable. And that’s when it happened . . . I could feel the moment when I conceived."

by Anonymousreply 391November 12, 2023 2:36 PM

I like the way Babs uses the words “died,” “death.” None of that passed and passed away shit.

by Anonymousreply 392November 12, 2023 2:38 PM

R391, I doubt she did. My ex-sister-in-law said the same thing and she was a wacko.

I feel some compassion for her mother. Her family was poor and working class, she lived through the Great Depression, the man of her dreams (he was handsome and smart) dies suddenly at the tragic age of 32, she has two kids, one that has been a handful for all of humanity. She had it tough and, I think, really tried to do the best she could. My family was Brooklyn working class who lived through the depression. They had the same mentality, get a secure job, preferably with the city that you keep for the rest of your life and, hopefully, get a pension. The wolf is always outside the door.

Also, something Barbra mentions which is a little shocking and even more so because she doesn't really address it, she had almost no contact with her paternal grandparents because they blamed Diana for their son's death. That is terrible. What kind of people reject their grandkids, the children of their dead son?

by Anonymousreply 393November 12, 2023 4:23 PM

We do.

by Anonymousreply 394November 12, 2023 8:16 PM

Does she mention co-starring with Joan Rivers as her lesbian lover in that horrible showcase that Rivers has described?

by Anonymousreply 395November 12, 2023 8:37 PM

R395, Yes, and Babs writes that she was envious of Joan because she came from an affluent family and her father was a doctor.

Babs is also extremely complimentary to Phyllis Diller in the book.

by Anonymousreply 396November 12, 2023 8:55 PM

R395 Joan was mentioned briefly in the Howard Stern interview, so yes I assume it was in the book.

by Anonymousreply 397November 12, 2023 8:56 PM

Joan hated (was jealous of) Barbra for decades.

by Anonymousreply 398November 12, 2023 9:52 PM

[quote]Joan hated (was jealous of) Barbra for decades.

Source, r398?

by Anonymousreply 399November 12, 2023 10:08 PM

MY EARS, R399. Joan made shitty comments about Streisand on TV and radio in the 80s, 90s, some of it on local NYC shows. On her radio show a caller even called her out on it, asking if she was jealous. Joan said no, but that Brolin is probably going to get tired of Barbra and move on. I liked her, but Joan could be such an asshole. I remember her trashing Streisand's self absorption during an on-air interview with Peter Bogdanovich. It was extremely rude and not the least bit funny. He just giggled, didn't take her on.

by Anonymousreply 400November 12, 2023 10:48 PM

R400, James Brolin is 83. His chasing pussy days are over.

by Anonymousreply 401November 12, 2023 11:05 PM

Barbra goes into detail about her affair with Pierre Trudeau in the book.

by Anonymousreply 402November 12, 2023 11:11 PM

This was 1997, R401.

by Anonymousreply 403November 12, 2023 11:31 PM

Joan and Martha on Donald...

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by Anonymousreply 404November 12, 2023 11:58 PM

With Pierre Trudeau and all of these womanizers (including Brando), they were probably whispering sweet nothings to several women at the same time they were pursuing Barbra Streisand. Doesn’t she get this?

by Anonymousreply 405November 13, 2023 12:50 AM

Does she mention going to a singing teacher who told her how to pronounce bee in A Sleeping Bee?

by Anonymousreply 406November 13, 2023 12:55 AM

R406, Yes, one lesson only.

by Anonymousreply 407November 13, 2023 12:58 AM

She refuses to name Elliott’s second wife and mother of Jason’s half siblings, Jennifer Bogart, by name, just refers to her as “someone”.

Elliott married and divorced Jennifer, daughter of director Paul Bogart, twice.

by Anonymousreply 408November 13, 2023 1:02 AM

R407 that was in the Geraldo Rivera interview she did to promote Yentl.

by Anonymousreply 409November 13, 2023 1:06 AM

She mentions going to one teacher in New York – for only one lesson — because she didn’t like her.

Then, while she was singing in San Francisco and became self-conscious particularly about holding notes — she went to another teacher, who she did like — and who reassured her that she was using her voice correctly and could trust her instincts.

by Anonymousreply 410November 13, 2023 1:07 AM

R407, R410, sure, Jan.

by Anonymousreply 411November 13, 2023 1:11 AM

[quote]they were probably whispering sweet nothings to several women at the same time they were pursuing Barbra Streisand. Doesn’t she get this?

She was whispering sweet nothings to other guys while she was with Elliott and Jon. It all seemed pretty open.

by Anonymousreply 412November 13, 2023 1:24 AM

I can see this book appealing to diehard fans who eat, sleep, and live for Babs, the ones who would go through her trash trying to find everything little thing out about her. To the general public, this book is tedious. I don’t need to know every meal Barbra has ever eaten.

by Anonymousreply 413November 13, 2023 1:26 AM

Those guys weren’t Brando, R412.

by Anonymousreply 414November 13, 2023 2:18 AM

R396 - I've never heard anybody say a bad thing about Phyllis Diller.

by Anonymousreply 415November 13, 2023 2:32 AM

On the perception that she has a big ego

I'm not sure if this book is any good. If somebody tells me it's fabulous, great. If they tell me, well, it could have been much better, I could buy that too. I have two sides of me, and one helps the other. I don't have a swelled head; my mother didn't have to worry. I believed her when she put me down. God, I have to go back to therapy, I think! But I'm not that interested in myself. I love being interested in my grandchildren.

by Anonymousreply 416November 13, 2023 2:42 AM

People who aren't that interested in themselves don't publish 1048 page memoirs padded with quotations saying how interesting they are.

by Anonymousreply 417November 13, 2023 3:00 AM

R105, she did not have a vax affair with Brando. He came in to her once rather crudely- it kind of grossed her out but they became friends- good friends.

by Anonymousreply 418November 13, 2023 4:34 AM

Yeah, the story about pulling fat Brando out of his car by both arms was a bit of a dick wilter.

Brando sounds like a lot of work.

by Anonymousreply 419November 13, 2023 8:44 AM

It’s a good book for people who usually don’t read, people who have never read a biography or autobiography. It’s not so much written as it sounds spoken into a tape recorder. And it needs LOTS of editing.

R408, why should she have mentioned the name Jennifer Bogart? Bogart was part of Gould’s life, not hers. Whether they married twice or not at all the woman is not part of her life. It’s not like he married Penny Marshall or someone we’d know who might deserve a mention by name.

by Anonymousreply 420November 13, 2023 12:42 PM

Lol R420- so only celebrities merit mention in biographies- certainly you don’t do much reading!

by Anonymousreply 421November 13, 2023 12:59 PM

R420, You would have to hear the audio to understand. I’m paraphrasing, but she wrote/said “In 1971, Elliott had gotten . . . pause . . . “someone” pregnant and wanted to finalize our divorce so he could marry her.”

It was the way she said it.

Reminded me of Ivana Trump, who refused to utter the name Marla Maples during interviews, always referring to her as “the showgirl”.

by Anonymousreply 422November 13, 2023 1:28 PM

R420, Jennifer Bogart is the mother of Jason Gould’s half siblings, so one could argue that she is part of Streisand’s life.

by Anonymousreply 423November 13, 2023 1:30 PM

R421, if I’m not mistaken, this book is an autobiography not a biography.

by Anonymousreply 424November 13, 2023 3:57 PM

The old shtick...

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by Anonymousreply 425November 13, 2023 7:25 PM

I think technically it’s a memoir R424

by Anonymousreply 426November 13, 2023 8:32 PM

Too long for a memoir. More like an epic saga.

by Anonymousreply 427November 13, 2023 8:33 PM

Has anyone made it through Yentl? The songs are terrible.

by Anonymousreply 428November 13, 2023 11:26 PM

Kris Kristofferson gave hickeys on the neck. Thank God she had a two-piece bathing suit by Rudi Gernreich with a turtleneck top to hide them.

by Anonymousreply 429November 14, 2023 2:02 AM

Wow, she had the Hitler Youth undercut at r425.

by Anonymousreply 430November 14, 2023 2:03 AM

Her brief engagement with shoplifting was "not as simple as random shoplifting," considering that Streisand operated much more cleverly than your average teenage thief. "I was a very logical girl and I had my own system," she describes.

Streisand writes that she would pick up discarded store receipts off the floor, then find an item in the store that was the same price as one of the items on the receipt. She'd go to the refund window with the un-purchased item and a stranger's receipt and use the cash to get something else wanted.

Her tactics began to escalate, though, and once when she was trying on a pair of shorts in a fitting room, she realized she could just wear them under her skirt out of the store.

Finally, her stealing streak ended when she stole a pair of socks by dropping them into a bag of other purchases. A woman nearby said to her, "I saw you put those socks in your bag." With that, she set the bag down and walked out of the store, and never stole again. "I liked testing boundaries but I couldn’t stand the humiliation and shame that I felt at that moment," she writes.

by Anonymousreply 431November 14, 2023 2:04 AM

"Barbra was a reformed teenage thief until 40 years later - when she stole my heart!!"

by Anonymousreply 432November 14, 2023 2:19 AM

Does she talk about auditioning for Otto Preminger for Joan of Arc?

by Anonymousreply 433November 14, 2023 12:22 PM

Colbert 1

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by Anonymousreply 434November 14, 2023 12:30 PM

The wait time at my library for a copy is ten plus people for one of three copies. The audio version is 24 people.

No one wants to buy it.

by Anonymousreply 435November 14, 2023 12:32 PM

Colbert 2

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by Anonymousreply 436November 14, 2023 12:36 PM

Colbert 3

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by Anonymousreply 437November 14, 2023 12:37 PM

Colbert 4

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by Anonymousreply 438November 14, 2023 12:45 PM

Colbert 5

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by Anonymousreply 439November 14, 2023 12:51 PM

[quote] No one wants to buy it.

Really, R435? It's currently no. 5 on the Amazon bestseller list.

by Anonymousreply 440November 14, 2023 1:19 PM

^I'm surprised Babs hasn't bought enough copies to make it number 1.

by Anonymousreply 441November 14, 2023 1:24 PM

R441, you ought to know she doesn't put her own money into anything.

by Anonymousreply 442November 14, 2023 1:28 PM

If there was a lot of talk and pictures of gorgeous naked James Brolin it would do very well

by Anonymousreply 443November 14, 2023 1:29 PM

James Brolin was married twice before. First wife died in an automobile accident, but second wife Jan Smithers is alive and well.

Smithers and Brolin had a daughter together.

Wonder if Streisand has a relationship with either or both.

by Anonymousreply 444November 14, 2023 1:37 PM

Brolin was long divorced from first wife when she was killed in a car wreck.

by Anonymousreply 445November 14, 2023 1:57 PM

R445, No shit, Sherlock.

by Anonymousreply 446November 14, 2023 2:30 PM

Gotta give Babs credit. She is publicizing the hell out of this book.

by Anonymousreply 447November 14, 2023 7:09 PM

And given how old and frail she seems now, we are very fortunate that she didn’t succeed in starring in Gypsy just a few years ago. She should have done it back in the 1970s or 1980s.

by Anonymousreply 448November 14, 2023 7:11 PM

In the memoir, Barbra says that the first time she met Brolin and Smithers' daughter Molly, the girl was 8 and refused Barbra's offer of 4 different kinds of ice cream (including her personal favorite, coffee) because, "I don't like ice cream. My Mom said it isn't good for you." Barbra writes, "What? I'd never met a kid who didn't like ice cream. This was unusual, an eight-year-old who was so health conscious." I'm sure Barbra was secretly thinking, "More coffee ice cream for ME!"

by Anonymousreply 449November 14, 2023 8:18 PM

I take that as more of a dig at Smithers, r449.

by Anonymousreply 450November 14, 2023 8:26 PM

I'm worried sick about Barbra's book!

by Anonymousreply 451November 14, 2023 8:30 PM

[quote]Gotta give Babs credit. She is publicizing the hell out of this book.

Why shouldn't she? It gives her license to talk about herself nonstop and make money for it.

by Anonymousreply 452November 14, 2023 8:54 PM

Given that she’s known for defending women and women’s rights, I don’t recall Streisand publicly supporting Diane Lane when Josh Brolin was arrested for hitting her in 2004.

by Anonymousreply 453November 14, 2023 8:57 PM

You're having to dig for criticisms, r453.

by Anonymousreply 454November 14, 2023 9:09 PM

so did Colbert steal from her?

by Anonymousreply 455November 14, 2023 10:22 PM

R454, Mrs. Brolin pontificates, especially in the latter chapters, how women should and need to band together.

Yet, she never uttered a peep when her stepson was arrested for beating his then wife.

by Anonymousreply 456November 14, 2023 11:04 PM

On December 20, 2004, Brolin's wife at the time, Diane Lane, called the police after an altercation with him, and Brolin was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Lane declined to press charges and the couple's spokesman characterized the incident as a misunderstanding.

by Anonymousreply 457November 14, 2023 11:13 PM

Babs did fine behind the scenes.

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by Anonymousreply 458November 14, 2023 11:18 PM

New Yorker review (of the book).

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by Anonymousreply 459November 14, 2023 11:21 PM

[quote]And given how old and frail she seems now

I don't think she seems frail considering she must weigh 175 pounds, but she doesn't seem to be able to walk without holding on to someone.

by Anonymousreply 460November 14, 2023 11:26 PM

I noticed her eyes look red. What is that? Allergies??

by Anonymousreply 461November 14, 2023 11:27 PM

Well I'm in my 30s and never really had an interest but thanks to these threads in going to be watching some old Barbra movies this weekend to see what I've been missing. She seems like a game old broad

by Anonymousreply 462November 14, 2023 11:29 PM

Lol, r456, whatever.

by Anonymousreply 463November 14, 2023 11:29 PM

Ahh, move over rover and let Britney take over! Yeah you know what I’m talking about, yeah get on with it baby!

by Anonymousreply 464November 15, 2023 12:25 AM

In her new memoir My Name Is Barbra , she writes about her relationship with Miami Vice star Don Johnson, and how, more than 30 years after they broke up, he still tells her he loves her when he sees her… though she doesn't return the sentiment.

by Anonymousreply 465November 15, 2023 4:02 AM

Because, r465...of course.

by Anonymousreply 466November 15, 2023 4:27 AM

I think the book was to make James giddy that he landed such a fought over global beauty

by Anonymousreply 467November 15, 2023 6:25 AM

I wonder if it bothers her that she’s not number 1 on Amazon after all the relentless promotion.

by Anonymousreply 468November 15, 2023 6:52 AM

R468, Very surprised that she’s not doing “The View”, especially where she mentions that Whoopi has allowed her to use her bus because she does not like to fly.

by Anonymousreply 469November 15, 2023 7:45 AM

Wow. On the Audible UK Best Sellers chart, My Name is Barbra debuted at No. 12 upon its release last week, moved up to No. 9 by the weekend and now 7 days after release has fallen to No. 18. (I currently do CS/tech support.)

And I just had my 1st return on it; the Cx said they didn’t like the narration, of all things, which is kind of crazy. I said, “Sir, I can return this title for you but you’ll have to turn in your gay card as well.”

by Anonymousreply 470November 15, 2023 11:03 AM

It’s moved up to the #2 position on Amazon.

by Anonymousreply 471November 15, 2023 1:45 PM

Barbra is not doing “The View”?

Well, that is harsh lighting in their studio.

Still, she could do a remote feed from her home and be in complete control of that.

by Anonymousreply 472November 15, 2023 1:50 PM

R472, She appeared on Howard Stern via remote.

by Anonymousreply 473November 15, 2023 2:24 PM

Barbra shmoozing with Howard Stern but snubbing The View seems... odd.

by Anonymousreply 474November 15, 2023 2:33 PM

The View may want her to walk out - that could only happen with Whoppi holding her up. And she'd have to get out of the bathrobe. Not gonna happen.

by Anonymousreply 475November 15, 2023 2:40 PM

She looked like she was seated on a throne on Stern.

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by Anonymousreply 476November 15, 2023 2:53 PM

R462, definitely watch What's Up, Doc?. You have to watch Funny Girl, of course, and you'll be dazzled by the 1st half but the 2nd half is a bit of a slog mostly - focus on her performance and what she's doing on camera as opposed to the story itself. Eventually, next weekend, you'll need to watch The Way We Were. Yentl, eventually. Those are the essentials.

You'll probably never find it but avoid The Owl and The Pussycat - it's very dated and her performance in it is abrasive, shrill and kind of offensive.

Watch the tv specials if you can find them, they're incredible, especially the 1st one, My Name is Barbra. You can find the Barbra and Judy clips right there on YouTube.

Listen to her 1st Greatest Hits album to get an idea about what she was up to in the early days. Vol. 2 is good too. Then Guilty, The Broadway Album.

That's a pretty good syllabus. :)

by Anonymousreply 477November 15, 2023 3:46 PM


It´s a 1735 Queen Anne wing chair upholsterd in traditional linsey-woolsey fabric. She had it upholsterd in navy-blue velvet- to match the color of the uniform in a George Washington portrait nearby.(done by Charles Peale Polk in 1795 )

It usually stands beside a Duncan Phyfe card table in the foyer of her main house,just under the staircase;with portraits done by Lydia Field Emmet, John Singer Sargent and Robert Henri.

The measurments of the Tabriz rug are unknown,as of now

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by Anonymousreply 478November 15, 2023 4:50 PM

The Christmas Album is like Buttah

by Anonymousreply 479November 15, 2023 4:52 PM

Listening to the audio book now and she's doing a fine job. Surprised to here music like when she's talking about singing "A Sleeping Bee" or "Miss Marmelstein" they play a clip. That was cool. She obviously loves vintage clothes and gives way to much detail to every piece, other wise it's entertaining.

by Anonymousreply 480November 15, 2023 4:55 PM

the woman is 81. Enough about her looks! I just do not see how I might get through 992 pages of Barbra's life story, and I love her. I think I will wait and maybe I'll get it used, and I might read parts of it from time to time. She said she recorded her memories and they were transcribed. After watching her interviews I have to say, she must have been a pain in the ass to work with for an editor. I found it interesting that Jackie Kennedy tried to get her to do a bio years ago and she said no. I love her, I love her politics, but the thought of reading her bio is very daunting.

by Anonymousreply 481November 15, 2023 4:58 PM

[quote]No one likes Barbra who’s worked with her. Even Rutanya Alda of “Mommie Dearest” fame ripped her a new one in her book.

Rutanya Alda!?! Who the fuck would want to read a book by Rutanya Alda that wasn't all dirt?

by Anonymousreply 482November 15, 2023 5:06 PM

Alan Alda to support his sister.

by Anonymousreply 483November 15, 2023 5:14 PM

[quote] I don't think she seems frail considering she must weigh 175 pounds

R460, she's not 175 pounds, you fucking fool.

by Anonymousreply 484November 15, 2023 5:16 PM

[quote]She doesn’t exactly explain how she patched things up with Laurents long enough to do TWWW.

Babs and Arthur Laurents remained friendly for the entire decade up to The Way We Were. From his autobiography, probably Christmas 1964:

"At the annual Xmas party at our house...(Streisand's) aggressive brashness vanished...suddenly Barbra, the New Girl of the Year, was so shy she had to be pushed into the living room and blocked from hiding behind the thickly decorated tree. This was New York where everyone was comfortable with Lena Horne and Anita Ellis, idols to Barbra, old friends to the rest of us."

"When Barbra decided to give a party...bring Lena, she said. Lena was reclusive, fussy about friends and not mad about parties. I didn't ask her."

NOT in the Streisand book.

by Anonymousreply 485November 15, 2023 5:16 PM

[quote]I have to say, she must have been a pain in the ass to work with for an editor.

You think that book had an EDITOR?

Okay, R484, 185.

by Anonymousreply 486November 15, 2023 5:18 PM

she gives the impression the editor said to add more with blood on the pages.

by Anonymousreply 487November 15, 2023 5:19 PM

But it reminds me of Norman Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and her script for Salome. When Joe wants to cut something she demands it be put back in.

by Anonymousreply 488November 15, 2023 5:20 PM

R481, Jackie approached her in 1984 when she was only 42.

by Anonymousreply 489November 15, 2023 5:38 PM

[quote] Okay, [R484], 185.

Darling R486, I think you're referring to your own weight, but don't you mean 285?

by Anonymousreply 490November 15, 2023 5:46 PM

It may not be as obvious in the physical book, but in the Audiobook Barbra makes it very clear that all the praise lavished on her made her extremely uncomfortable. I find all the criticism about her inclusion of these compliments very interesting and funny-- normally, yes, it would seem as though a person cherry-picked the best and brightest things to remember, and they'd deserve to be made fun of for repeating them verbatim. But this is Barbra Streisand we're talking about. Even if they're not a fan, I don't know anyone who wouldn't agree that she had the most remarkable voice of her generation. The superlatives are justified. She's citing her sources: this is what my colleagues were saying about me. And it makes for a very compelling overarching theme, tracking the development of her self-confidence over time, how such over-the-top fawning praise would effect someone who grew up never receiving a single compliment or kind word from her mother or stepfather. I personally love when she quotes from a review or a letter from a famous fan, it puts her experience into better context. And her talent deserves to be celebrated.

by Anonymousreply 491November 15, 2023 5:53 PM

R481, firstly, get the audiobook. Think of it as like an encounter with Barbra, it’s very companionable.

Also, you don’t have to listen to the whole thing at once. I think I got up to the What’s Up, Doc? chapter and have been taking a break before continuing the TWWW. I’ll finish the book but, y’know, it’s not a homework assignment. It’s like Babs telling it like it is, with a lot of food thrown in. I mean, I would love to have a meal with Barbra Streisand because she’s someone who really enjoys the taste of good so much.

After a while you pick up her little quirks and things, and one feels even more affectionate towards her because she’s telling it like it is. As a career retrospective, it also makes you want to revisit her work. So take your time, enjoy it.

by Anonymousreply 492November 15, 2023 5:54 PM

She was brilliant on Colbert the other night.

by Anonymousreply 493November 15, 2023 5:54 PM

I stole the audio book and the book. Shoot me. Babs used to steel, as well.

by Anonymousreply 494November 15, 2023 5:56 PM

I love the Owl and the Pussycat- yes it’s a bit dated but also very funny and she’s a riot.

by Anonymousreply 495November 15, 2023 6:01 PM

“Babs used to steel, as well.“

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 496November 15, 2023 6:19 PM

I couldn’t get through 20 mins. of it.

by Anonymousreply 497November 15, 2023 6:20 PM

R497 = Lainie Kazan

by Anonymousreply 498November 15, 2023 6:24 PM

R490, time to refill your meds!

by Anonymousreply 499November 15, 2023 6:26 PM

R499, time to refill your Ozempic script!

by Anonymousreply 500November 15, 2023 6:43 PM

I found the Colbert disappointing. He started well asking her fresh questions but then he just seemed to want to be funny and he wasn't.

by Anonymousreply 501November 15, 2023 7:29 PM

Couldn't disagree with you more, R501. I thought he was hilarious and deliciously snarky--just the right amount, as well as admiring of her. And she played along well, which made her come off better than usual.

by Anonymousreply 502November 15, 2023 7:35 PM

Colbert did not want to do the usual sycophantic puff piece, and he succeeded.

by Anonymousreply 503November 15, 2023 7:36 PM

I still think the Howard Stern was the best so far. Howard may be a Barbrarian but I wish I could listen to all the interview. Every site I have tried wants me to join first. Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 504November 15, 2023 7:40 PM

R504 it's on YouTube

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by Anonymousreply 505November 15, 2023 7:50 PM

That's not the whole interview. Just bits and pieces are on Youtube.

by Anonymousreply 506November 15, 2023 8:15 PM

I hope whoever was assigned movies to watch reports back. I have never been able to get through a single one of her movies without feeling nauseous.

by Anonymousreply 507November 15, 2023 8:41 PM

Maybe this isn’t the thread for you, R507.

by Anonymousreply 508November 15, 2023 8:46 PM

I liked when she spoke about Gaza on Colbert. There’s a lot of depth to her personality.

by Anonymousreply 509November 15, 2023 8:47 PM

what did she say?

by Anonymousreply 510November 15, 2023 8:53 PM

It makes her cry.

by Anonymousreply 511November 15, 2023 9:21 PM

Colbert makes me cry too

by Anonymousreply 512November 15, 2023 10:08 PM

Her stepfather really did a number on her. He literally never talked to her. One day he gave Rosalind money to buy ice cream for everyone "but her!..she 's too ugly". He sister in law confirmed he said it and was cruel to her.

by Anonymousreply 513November 15, 2023 11:04 PM

Depth? She said it made her sad and why can’t people get along. Not exactly insightful.

by Anonymousreply 514November 15, 2023 11:05 PM

R484, she said that was her weight when Howard asked, you vicious cunt.

- Not the original poster

by Anonymousreply 515November 15, 2023 11:12 PM

Barbra’s book debuted in the #2 position on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list.

Britney is still #1.

by Anonymousreply 516November 15, 2023 11:26 PM

It sounds like she left home at16 to get away from the stepfather just as much as for her desire to become an actress. It sounds like for a period she was essentially homeless dragging her cot around crashing with friends. Does she say how he treated her after success?

by Anonymousreply 517November 15, 2023 11:32 PM

Louis Kind was long gone when she left home. Not that her mother was much better.

by Anonymousreply 518November 15, 2023 11:38 PM

What does she say about Roslyn Kind?

by Anonymousreply 519November 15, 2023 11:41 PM

[quote]What does she say about Roslyn Kind?

She says she's been told she has a relation named Rosylyn Kind but that she's never met her.

by Anonymousreply 520November 15, 2023 11:53 PM

She calls her Rozzie and says she was her maid of honor when she married Brolin. I thought she'd have picked Donna for sure.

by Anonymousreply 521November 16, 2023 12:12 AM


There is a downloadlink in R(eply) 10 in the thread below. The whole 2,5 hours.


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by Anonymousreply 522November 16, 2023 12:30 AM

R521, Her brother Sheldon walked her down the aisle.

by Anonymousreply 523November 16, 2023 12:45 AM

[quote]She calls her Rozzie and says she was her maid of honor when she married Brolin.

I never saw a photo of her at the wedding

by Anonymousreply 524November 16, 2023 1:45 AM

That Louis Kind and the ice cream story was told on 60 Minutes in 1991 - 32 years ago.

by Anonymousreply 525November 16, 2023 1:46 AM

She was very ill the evening she knew her stepfather was coming to see her in Funny Girl, but she insisted on going on.

Afterwards, he sent her a box of candy, which she kept for years.

by Anonymousreply 526November 16, 2023 1:59 AM

Barbra’s book is a certified flop. #2 debut. Britney still #1 after 3 weeks. Barbra’s book will fall off the chart in no time. This is no doubt going to drive her to eat even more pancakes.

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by Anonymousreply 527November 16, 2023 2:35 AM

Yeah, r527...right.

by Anonymousreply 528November 16, 2023 2:41 AM

That’s brand new information R527!

by Anonymousreply 529November 16, 2023 2:41 AM

R522 - Unfortunately, it says the time for the link to be transferred has expired, but thank you for trying anyway!

by Anonymousreply 530November 16, 2023 2:46 AM

When Barbara falls down in the basement, she sings “Brolin can you hear me?”

by Anonymousreply 531November 16, 2023 2:51 AM

Mall security will be there to defibrillate before Brolin gets back from the golf course.

by Anonymousreply 532November 16, 2023 3:23 AM

It’s her money but the creepy mall full of old dolls is out to lunch.

by Anonymousreply 533November 16, 2023 3:38 AM

R523, No, her son Jason did.

by Anonymousreply 534November 16, 2023 4:44 AM

Will she also claim that America wanted to sleep with her now? She was just too darn sexy to read.

by Anonymousreply 535November 16, 2023 5:05 AM

Welp, looks like's Bab's Ye Old Book Shoppe is goin' outta business. Perhaps a fast food restaurant will take its place.

by Anonymousreply 536November 16, 2023 5:15 AM

When we see her walking down the stairs with Colbert to go to the mall I couldn't help but wonder - was this basement in the original house or did she have it built?

by Anonymousreply 537November 16, 2023 6:37 AM

Amazon 1.0 out of 5 stars Almost unreadable Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2023 Verified Purchase The book being over 1000 pages long is in small grey print. At 74 years old I cannot read the print.

by Anonymousreply 538November 16, 2023 6:44 AM

Amazon Robert L. Anderson


Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2023 Verified Purchase

I have waited and waited and waited for Barbra to finish this autobiography for so long . Being a perfectionist she kept going back to her papers to change this or to change that etc., etc,. etc,.. She has talked about writing this book even in her concerts . And I knew it was going to be a whooper . Well the book has finally arrived . It's put together nice , loaded with photos and Barbra's touch . The problem........ it should have been in two parts . True it's almost a thousand pages , but the print is too small . I am around the same age as Barbra herself and my eyes are not what they used to be . Not by a long shot and I have sever glacoma . It would have been better if it had 1500 pages instead of cramming all of those words in small print . Surely every reader must agree with me here . And of course the pictures are wonderful , but they too are too small to enjoy and really look at . We're tired of looking at images on cell phones and such . The pictures alone would have made a good coffee table book . In larger SIZE OF COURSE . And the pages are too thin . If they were any thinner they could compare to those tissue thin paper in an old Bible . I'm not complaining about the material Barbra wrote . She's great as we all know . Being such a perfectionist that she is I'm surprised that she didn't notice these outstanding oversights !

by Anonymousreply 539November 16, 2023 6:45 AM

From the Don't meet your idols file.

In the '90s, Streisand invited Brando over to her house for dinner and he had been stopped by the police for speeding. When he got to her house, he had gained so much weight that he couldn't get out from behind the wheel of his car. Streisand had to "grab hold of his arms and pull him out."

by Anonymousreply 540November 16, 2023 8:50 AM

This thread has become BORING!

by Anonymousreply 541November 16, 2023 8:56 AM

Like Barbra’s book.

by Anonymousreply 542November 16, 2023 9:39 AM

R540, Brando gained weight during the drive to her house?

by Anonymousreply 543November 16, 2023 11:01 AM

[quote]Will she also claim that America wanted to sleep with her now? She was just too darn sexy to read.

That is not how she comes off at all. Someone called ugly, unusual looking doesn't grow up or go around thinking they are sexy. She even admits she knows she has a lazy eye that makes her look cross eyed is some photos.

by Anonymousreply 544November 16, 2023 11:13 AM

R544, Fellow lazy eye Andy Cohen would kill to book her on WWHL.

by Anonymousreply 545November 16, 2023 11:40 AM


Here's a link to the Stern interview. Bring water and a snack, she goes on forever!

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by Anonymousreply 546November 16, 2023 12:48 PM

All kidding about her looks aside, does she have a health issue? I know she's always been media shy and a bit lazy and she's never liked to fly but doing all interviews in her home and appearing to have trouble walking unaided is not normal for a filthy rich 81 year old is it?

She also sounds like elderly Mae West now.

I always assumed we'd have her until she was 95+ and she's claiming she may direct again, she'll record again etc but she doesn't look like she could physically do much anymore.

by Anonymousreply 547November 16, 2023 12:52 PM

Of course it’s normal, R547. It’s vey possible she has balance issues and would rather be seen holding on to Colbert, Gayle King etc than be seen falling flat on her face. Everyone 80 years old has health issues.

by Anonymousreply 548November 16, 2023 2:12 PM

The night of the 1962 Tony Awards, David Merrick was all over Streisand, convinced she would win for Wholesale.

When Phyllis Newman’s name was announced, Merrick suddenly dumped Streisand and was all over Phyllis, who he had been ignoring all evening, even though he was the producer of both their shows.

by Anonymousreply 549November 16, 2023 2:15 PM

So, R549? Merrick was a weasel, don’t you know that?

by Anonymousreply 550November 16, 2023 2:36 PM

I'm many chapters beyond this, but one detail has stayed with me and keeps swimming around in my mind. When Barbra was talking about the development of Funny Girl on Broadway, she mentioned that Stephen Sondheim was briefly considered as the lyricist, but he turned it down because he promised himself he'd write both music and lyrics for his next project. A passing detail mentioned with no aside or emphasis, and I'm still far from the end so I don't know if she ever comes back to it, but there's an obvious parallel there to Barbra so earnestly wanting to direct and star in a film version Gypsy, only to be denied by Sondheim who told her she had to choose one role over the other. I think it's so cruel of him to deny her his level of indulged ambition. It's all the more poignant to hear Barbra say she wanted Gypsy to be her final film, a "bookend" to Funny Girl. It's something her legacy deserved, and it's a loss for all of us. Can't help but judge him for playing God so arbitrarily.

by Anonymousreply 551November 16, 2023 2:57 PM

Don’t you know that you’re a cunt, R550?

by Anonymousreply 552November 16, 2023 3:02 PM

R551, It obviously did not affect their relationship.

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by Anonymousreply 553November 16, 2023 3:04 PM

Does she address the scathing article Frank Pierson wrote about her and making A Star Is Born?

by Anonymousreply 554November 16, 2023 3:05 PM

R554, She’s not at all kind to Pierson in the book.

by Anonymousreply 555November 16, 2023 3:12 PM

R553 for someone with a reputation as such a mega-diva, she seems to hold remarkably few grudges, with a very healthy "it is what it is" attitude for even her greatest disappointments. Haven't detected any bitterness in her words or delivery, but it doesn't stop her from taking some people to task.

by Anonymousreply 556November 16, 2023 3:29 PM

R551, Sondheim had very serious mommy issues.

by Anonymousreply 557November 16, 2023 3:49 PM

R554 - she described him as a pathological liar.

by Anonymousreply 558November 16, 2023 3:59 PM

I haven’t read her book—life is too short—but the story I always read over the years is that Merrick told Streisand at the Tony awards ceremony that he voted for Phyllis Newman instead of her.

by Anonymousreply 559November 16, 2023 4:21 PM

I noticed she does not repeat the familiar story that when David Merrick heard that the director wanted to hire Streisand for I Can Get it for You Wholesale, he said, "I don't want ugly girls in my shows!"

by Anonymousreply 560November 16, 2023 4:27 PM

[quote] and appearing to have trouble walking unaided is not normal for a filthy rich 81 year old is it?

Dude, she's an 81 year old lady with her original hips and knees.

by Anonymousreply 561November 16, 2023 4:42 PM

Does Barbra talk about the huskiness and hoarseness of her voice?

by Anonymousreply 562November 16, 2023 4:44 PM

She does mention in the book that she’s attracted to hairy men and that she was first physically attracted to Elliott Gould when she saw the back of his neck.

by Anonymousreply 563November 16, 2023 4:52 PM

James Brolin is hairy? He doesn't strike me as a hairy guy.

by Anonymousreply 564November 16, 2023 5:13 PM

She was stoned when she lost her virginity on a fullmoon night.

She very fondly remembers Lilian Roth and Sheree North her co-stars from "Wholesale".

About her first TV-Special:" I was determind to put the whole thing together without missing one performance of Funny Girl" (besides recording several albums, furnishing her first big apartment and doing major pr-work. All with an upset stomach on the verge of vomitting cause she had a toxic bully as leading man for a year. How´s that for having your dreams come true,Miss Beanie Feldstein?)

She removes that white guck in the middle of Oreos.

Jules Styne "...my darling prince"

Jerome Robbins Loved him! She gives him major kudoos for his contributions as the first director who did not bully her (Arthur Laurents) ore was indifferent (Garson Kanin).

She had basically two personal assistants her whole life. The first for 16 years and her current since 1976ish.

by Anonymousreply 565November 16, 2023 5:49 PM

This Funny Girl opening night coverage is terrific.

Post-performance comments from Robards, Bacall, Ray Stark, etc.

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by Anonymousreply 566November 16, 2023 6:18 PM

R564, I think she means hair - hair on the head. She doesn't like bald guys.

by Anonymousreply 567November 16, 2023 7:07 PM

Her Mom was jealous but she was still a Mom and kept every review and clipping in a scrap book including summer stock. That's how Barbra is quoting everything from the beginning and gives her credit for doing it.

by Anonymousreply 568November 16, 2023 7:50 PM

Yeah, that her PAs stayed with her so long says a lot about her as a person and an employer.

by Anonymousreply 569November 16, 2023 7:58 PM

Erm, we don’t need to post stupid Amazon reviews here.

Those people are so stupid they review the delivery of an item instead of the actual item. That’s a special kind of stoo-pid.

by Anonymousreply 570November 16, 2023 7:59 PM

[quote] That is not how she comes off at all. Someone called ugly, unusual looking doesn't grow up or go around thinking they are sexy.

Honey, she has stated that every man she worked with wanted to fuck her. Even Prince Charles wanted her… according to Barbra.

by Anonymousreply 571November 16, 2023 8:26 PM

[quote] James Brolin is hairy? He doesn't strike me as a hairy guy.

He does to me.

by Anonymousreply 572November 16, 2023 8:27 PM

Probably a hairy back.

by Anonymousreply 573November 16, 2023 8:27 PM

30 minutes with Hillary.

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by Anonymousreply 574November 16, 2023 9:10 PM

Best takeaway from Hillary podcast - Diana Kind had other plans for the night of Barbra's return to singing live. She went the second night.

by Anonymousreply 575November 16, 2023 9:41 PM

I'm poised to hit #1 next week, bitches!

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by Anonymousreply 576November 17, 2023 2:50 AM
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by Anonymousreply 577November 17, 2023 2:56 AM

Lots of seniors complaining that book is too heavy and overpriced.

by Anonymousreply 578November 17, 2023 3:03 AM

She’s down to #7 on Amazon.

by Anonymousreply 579November 17, 2023 3:10 AM

R579, She claims in the book her lucky number is 24.

by Anonymousreply 580November 17, 2023 3:56 AM

How can Jim Brolin resist this?

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by Anonymousreply 581November 17, 2023 3:59 AM

I wonder if Barbra has vertigo.

by Anonymousreply 582November 17, 2023 4:09 AM

That “He Touched Me” is SO MAJOR.

by Anonymousreply 583November 17, 2023 5:10 AM

This thread is doing well. I demand a sequel.

by Anonymousreply 584November 17, 2023 5:30 AM

Speaking of Ray Stark, how does she treat him in her book?

by Anonymousreply 585November 17, 2023 6:21 AM

There's no trust or respect. She sees him as a shark.

by Anonymousreply 586November 17, 2023 6:43 AM

R581, that was before she had work done, and I don't mean on her house.

by Anonymousreply 587November 17, 2023 10:21 AM

Listening to the audio book, in the "Funny Girl" chapter and she's been very discreet about sex. Do you think she actually cheated on Elliott physically or just emotionally. Chaplin gave her emerald and diamond earrings as an opening night gift and didn't know how to tell her husband.

by Anonymousreply 588November 17, 2023 11:46 AM

You don't get emerald earrings for emotional closeness! I note she also said she never wore them! Not sold them/gave them away/gave them back. Are they still displayed in the mall (unworn)?

by Anonymousreply 589November 17, 2023 12:49 PM

Did he really think a married woman could wear emerald earrings and not arouse suspicion in the husband? I a haven't gotten up to that part yet.

by Anonymousreply 590November 17, 2023 2:28 PM

R588 She never came right out and said it but there wasn't a doubt in my mind that their relationship was physical. The only way his treatment of her after she put a stop to it makes any sense.

by Anonymousreply 591November 17, 2023 2:32 PM

She called them flirtations.

[quote]I note she also said she never wore them! Not sold them/gave them away/gave them back.

She saved EVERYTHING. She has clothes from when she was a teenager.

by Anonymousreply 592November 17, 2023 4:46 PM

Wow, r592. She must have dedicated warehouses for that. If she has that much accumulated stuff, she must have some kind of an archivist, too. Imagine the auction after she dies!

by Anonymousreply 593November 17, 2023 4:55 PM

Actually, R593, she wasn't much of an archivist. She thanks her mother a few times for keeping extensive scrapbooks. She likes beautiful things, especially from the past, but she doesn't focus on past events, there is much she says she has no recollection of, like going to the Tonys when she was up for on for Wholesale. I think she does have an archivist for a few years now.

by Anonymousreply 594November 17, 2023 5:09 PM

The Barbra Archives site no doubt was very helpful.

by Anonymousreply 595November 17, 2023 5:12 PM

^^^Yes. Another gift from a gay.

by Anonymousreply 596November 17, 2023 5:20 PM

[quote] Imagine the auction after she dies!

She had a big auction to fund her Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. She sold the funny sexy "Owl And The Pussycat" costume among other things. She also sold personal clothes and I bought my friend a pair of her panties, they were unused of course and came with an authentic certificate so my friend can say she had a pair of Streisand's underpants!

by Anonymousreply 597November 17, 2023 5:23 PM

I worry that Barbara will go into a violent rage if she doesn’t reach #1. She has broken antique dolls in the past.

Look for my new perfume, Butler.

by Anonymousreply 598November 17, 2023 7:26 PM

[quote]She refuses to name Elliott’s second wife and mother of Jason’s half siblings, Jennifer Bogart, by name, just refers to her as “someone”.

There might be a good reason she doesn't. Jennifer Bogart was a teenage hippie Elliott attached himself to, and their lifestyle was engulfed in drugs - alluded to by Streisand as something she'd "been told," probably by their former mutual friends and people they had both worked with at some time. 18 months after he first hit it big in movies, Gould self-destructed. * Even though he denied it, I have no doubt drug use had something to do with it. Gould freely admitted to using LSD and smoking weed all day every day in a 1970 Playboy interview.

Streisand offers little detail in her book instead of going after both of them, like she couldn't leave Jason with them unsupervised. I'm surprised she did (if she really did). Side note, Jennifer Bogart eventually left Gould for another woman.

* Elliott Gould was one of the top box office movie stars in 1970. By the spring of 1971, he was unemployable. Eventually he made his way back to being a working actor, but it was never the same as it was in 1970.

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by Anonymousreply 599November 17, 2023 10:00 PM

I just got to the part when they get married. She had reservations about the marriage from the beginning, for good reason. They were both very young and, according to her and too much alike, two Jewish outcasts from Brooklyn.

I read in another book that when she went ballistic from stress, like at the Central Park concert, Elliot was the only one who could talk her down. He's quoted as saying that their marriage "was like a bed of lava."

by Anonymousreply 600November 17, 2023 10:10 PM
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